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Six arrested after close to 40 ounces of meth oil discovered during early morning raids

ADDISON, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - Six people are behind bars after two early morning raids in the Towns of Addison and Rathbone.

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) and the New York State Police Special Operations Response Team (SORT) executed search warrants at two residences, one on Reservoir Hill Road, in the Town of Addison, and another on County Route 119, in the Town of Rathbone.

The search warrants were executed as a result of an investigation into stolen firearms. 

Police recovered one rifle which was reported stolen in a previous burglary, three firearms which are still being investigated, 39 ounces of methamphetamine oil and three ounces of finished methamphetamine product.

"The threat assessment led us to believe that it would be necessary to have tactical teams make both entries due to the possibility of stolen firearms, threats that have been overheard by other people, and the fact that we may run into a methamphetamine production," Steuben County Sheriff James Allard said. 

32-year-old Robert Baker, of Addison, is charged with one count of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree, a class D felony, and one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a misdemeanor;

26-year-old Samuel Byler Jr., of Addison, is charged with one count of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree, a class D felony;

34-year-old Edward Howlett, of Addison, is charged with one count of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the second degree, a class C felony;

21-year-old Serena Russell, of Savona, is facing one count of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree, a class D felony;

24-year-old John Hallett, of Elkland, Pa., is also facing one count of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree, a class D felony;

and 26-year-old Ashley Webster, of Hornell,  is charged with one count of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree, a class D felony, and one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a misdemeanor.

Baker, Byler Jr., Russell and Hallett were all remanded to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail. Edward Howlett was remanded on $50,000 cash bail, while Ashley Webster was remanded on $5,000 cash bail. 

Police say the investigation is ongoing, and future charges are expected.


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