BREAKING: Two arrested in Southport meth bust

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UPDATE: (11:30 a.m.)

49 year-old Steven Grinolds and 46 year-old Rena Dunkle have been arrested and charged with Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine in the Third Degree, Unlawful Disposal of Methamphetamine Laboratory Material, and Endangering the Welfare of Child. 

According to the Chemung County Sheriff’s office, Dunkle’s 10 year-old daughter and 91 year-old grandmother were in the residence when police arrived, and were immediately taken to a safe location.

Evidence seized during the search consisted of a Methamphetamine Lab and the materials associated with the manufacturing of Methamphetamine, according to the Sheriff’s office.

 Both Grinolds and Dunkle are in the Chemung County Jail. The search was conducted as a result of a two-month long investigation.

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18 News is on the scene of a meth bust on Allen Street, across from Elmira High School. The Chemung County Sheriff’s Special Services Unit executed a search warrant at 225 A. Allen street based on public tips and information they received from the business community. 

According to Acting Chemung County Sheriff Bill Schrom, two individuals have been taken into custody and could be facing serious drug charges. Those charges will depend on lab results of the products found to confirm that it is in fact methamphetamine.  

Scrhrom would like parents of Elmira High School students to know that the scene is safe and secure.

The New York State Police CCERT team was also on the scene to assist with the proper collection and clean-up of the site. Several “one-pot method” materials were found inside the home. 

We are told that an elderly female and child also live in the home. A man lives on the other side of the duplex, and he tells 18 News he knows the older female resident but does not know the other people in the home. When asked if he suspected anything, the man said he mainly keeps to himself. Another neighbor told 18 News the elderly female has lived there since the 1970s.

Schrom asked the public to remain patient with law enforcement as they work to investigate these types of cases and cultivate enough information to request and receive a search warrant.

“Believe me, we don’t just sit on it, but sometimes things don’t happen as quick as people want them to so they have to understand that there’s a process,” Schrom said.

This particular search warrant was acquired based on tips from the public, so Schrom is reminding residents that “if they suspect something, definitely report it.” He also advised the business community to “trust their gut” and provide law enforcement with information on suspicious individuals or activity in their stores. 

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