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Meth Lab

State police personnel remove hazardous materials after authorities raided a suspected methamphetamine lab at 54 Orchard St. in Auburn Nov. 9.

AUBURN — Seven of the eight people arrested in connection with the Auburn meth lab bust in November were arraigned in Cayuga County Criminal Court Thursday morning. 

On Nov. 9, 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," the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office reported at the time. The raid was executed by the sheriff's office and the Auburn Police department.

A number of adults and three children were found at 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.

Seven of the eight defendants arrested in connection with the meth bust were arraigned in court Thursday and are now each facing at least three felonies and six misdemeanors.

The defendants arraigned in court Thursday include:

• Raymond Cox, 37, of 68 Orchard St., Auburn

• James Delaney, 33, of 54 Orchard St., Auburn

• Heather Hutton, 45, of 8 Throop Ave., Auburn

• Theresa Hutton, 23, of 117 Main St., Port Byron

• Thomas Hutton, Sr., 54, of 54 Orchard St., Auburn

• Breanne Lunn, 31, 11 Garden E. Lane, Hannibal

• Timothy Rathbun, 35, of 8270 W. Loop Road, Montezuma

The seven defendants are each facing the charges of:

• Second-degree conspiracy, a class B felony

• Second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A felony

• Second- degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, a class C felony

• Second-degree criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials, a class A misdemeanor

• Criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine, a class E felony

• Three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, class A misdemeanors

• Second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor

Thomas Hutton is the only exception, as he faces an additional class E felony of unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory materials in addition to the common nine charges. Thomas and Cox are the only two defendants who were remanded to Cayuga County Jail, each are being held in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond bail.

Thomas was remanded to the jail after his November arrest, but Cox was remanded to the jail Thursday. District Attorney Jon Budelmann said in court Cox had some risk of flight since he left Tompkins County while on probation for driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor charge, in the past.

Lunn, Rathbun, Delaney, Heather Hutton and Theresa Hutton remained out on their own recognizance. Budelmann argued for all defendants released that they be given bail due to the seriousness of their charges and considering they had only low-level felonies when initially released by Auburn City Court. He requested for bail to be set at $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond.

Before releasing the defendants, Leone made sure they understood the serious nature of their charges and explained that if they got into any further trouble he would remand them. All seven defendants are due back in court April 11. 

The eighth defendant, Shaun Cronin, 40, of 36 Franklin St., Auburn, also appeared in court but his arraignment was adjourned until next week. The court adjourned it because there was no court appointed interpreter available to translate the proceedings to sign language for Cronin.

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Staff writer Megan Ehrhart can be reached at (315) 282-2244 or megan.ehrhart@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @MeganEhrhart.

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