Five people are facing charges after the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office said that they were making meth inside a local motel room.
On March 7 at 12:30 p.m., deputies responded to the Cortland Motel on Route 11 after receiving a complaint from an unnamed source of a chemical odor and people acting suspicious.
Responding law enforcement determined that the chemical smell, coming from room #20, was the same odor associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
Those inside the motel room, 30-year-old Ryan Nolan, 26-year-old Sherry Cummings, 34-year-old Michael Hutchings, 26-year-old Dana Perreault and 26-year-old Natalie Castor, were all detained and charged.
A portion of the motel was closed off to the public for approximately 11 hours until investigators were finished at the scene.
Lab equipment, solvents, reagents, precursors and other meth making material was seized during the investigation.
After the suspects were detained, the officers made arrangements with the motel management to evacuate the neighboring rooms and re-locate the occupants to other rooms on the property as a precautionary measure.
All five were charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, felonies; and fifth-degree conspiracy, a misdemeanor.
Cummings and Hutchings are facing criminal impersonation charges for giving a false name to officers.
Hutchings, Perreault and Castor are also facing a variety of other drug charges.
All were sent to the Cortland County Jail where they will re-appear in court at a later date.