Update at 9:08 p.m. — Police have said police investigators were exposed to noxious fumes from a methamphetamine lab bust Friday morning and had to be decontaminated and observed at Cayuga Medical Center before being released.
Police said two drug warrants were executed between 5:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. and involved officers from the Ithaca Police Department investigations unit, patrol division and SWAT, the New York State Police CNET and CCERT, the Tompkins County Sheriff Department.
The first drug raid happened at an apartment at 213 South Titus where two people were taken into custody and more than 4 ounces of methamphetamine was recovered.
Aaron M. Gaetano, 34, and Christina E. Oxley, 38, are both charged with felonies for second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine.
The second incident happened at 117 W. Buffalo St. where police say they found crack cocaine, heroin, weighing scales and packaging materials consistent with drug sales.
Juan J. Breton, 42, is charged with felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance
Officials said the two incidents are not affiliated with each other.
Update at 4:11 p.m. — Three people were arraigned on drug charges and two others were arrested in regard to two drug busts made in the city of Ithaca early Friday morning.
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Aaron M. Gaetano, 34, and Christina E. Oxley, 38, are both charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine. They were taken into custody in regard to the drug bust at 213 S. Titus Ave.
Gaetano wore a bright orange, plastic jumpsuit in court.
Juan J. Breton, 42, is charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and was taken into custody in regard to an police investigation at 117 W. Buffalo St.
All three people are predicate felons and are being held without bail. They are scheduled for felony preliminary hearings Wednesday.
An official close to the case said two other people were also taken into custody in relation to the warrants executed Friday morning, but names have not been released as of 4:19 p.m. Friday.
ITHACA, N.Y. — Police executed two drug related arrest warrants early Friday morning in the city of Ithaca, an official said.
One of the warrants was executed at a home on 213 S. Titus Ave. where police, Ithaca firefighters and Bangs Ambulance are still gathered as of 10:20 a.m.
Titus Avenue is shut off near the Albany Street intersection as crews go in and out of the house and gas masks lay on a nearby table.
The other warrant was executed on the 100 block of West Buffalo Street.
A nearby resident said she woke up and heard a police officer saying into a speakerphone for people to stay inside their homes.
Officer Jamie Williamson, confirmed that two drug related warrants were executed last night. He said more information about the arrests will be released later today.