Ithaca, N.Y. — Cornell police found meth-making materials in the common area of the North Campus dorm building Risley Hall on Tuesday.

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Someone has taken responsibility for the chemicals and is currently being interviewed by investigators. His or her identity has not been disclosed.

At around 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, police were called to Risley for a report of suspicious backpack “containing what appeared to be a quantity of household chemicals,” according to a news release.

The Cornell University Environmental Health & Safety and the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Response Team were called to the scene. They confirmed that the contents in the backpack “were consistent with chemicals used in the methamphetamine manufacturing process.”

The scene was secured by the state police contaminated crime scene.

Here’s the rest of the press release:

“Materials commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine are drain cleaner, fuel for lanterns or camping stoves, solvents such as ether and toluene, muriatic acid, table salt and common cold medications. Poor handling and disposal is known to cause chemical, fire and health hazards. Members of the community who observe these materials in unusual circumstances are urged to contact law enforcement immediately and not handle any of the chemicals or containers that may be found nearby.”


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.