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Police: Auburn home was being used as a methamphetamine lab

Police: Auburn home was being used as a methamphetamine lab


AUBURN — A home in Auburn reportedly being used to produce methamphetamine was raided by police Friday morning.

The Cayuga County Sheriff's Office said that the Finger Lakes Drug Task Force executed a warrant around 10 a.m. at 54 Orchard St. and found multiple people "actively engaged in the production of methamphetamine."

Adults and children were found at the scene after the raid by members of the Auburn Police Department and the sheriff's office. Some occupants in the house, including children, were transported to Auburn Community Hospital for evaluation but no serious medical issues had been found, police said in a news release.

Police said that Cayuga County Child Protective Services was assisting with the investigation and the drug task force was continuing its investigation Friday evening. Officials said they would not immediately release the names of people involved. 

Orchard Street between Jefferson and Baker streets was blocked off for several hours as authorities dealt with the scene. The New York State Police's Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team helped handle the dangerous substances involved in the making of the drugs at the home, police said, adding that those in neighboring houses were in no danger.

"It's all contained in that residence," sheriff's office detective Lt. Brian Schenck said at the scene.

The Auburn Fire Department was also on the scene, along with the Auburn Police Department, the New York Environmental Conservation Police and  Auburn TLC Ambulance. An animal control team was also present to remove a dog from the building. People in white hazmat suits, some in handcuffs, were being escorted in and out of an ambulance. Later, state police investigators in orange hazmat suits were removing materials from the building.

Anyone with information relevant to the investigation is asked to call Detective Rob Franklin at (315) 253-1132. People may also submit tips to by clicking on the "leave a tip" tab. People may remain anonymous.

Staff writer Kelly Rocheleau can be reached at (315) 282-2243 or Follow him on Twitter @KellyRocheleau.

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Hello, my name is Kelly Rocheleau, and I cover the education and city beats for The Citizen and I've been writing for the paper since December 2016.

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