NEWFIELD, N.Y. — Two men were indicted in Tompkins County Court on Thursday morning, after police say a traffic stop in Newfield led officers to find various methamphetamine ingredients in their possession.

According to court documents, Michael A. Carley, 39, and Nathan R. Nehrbass, 36, were pulled over by Tompkins County Sheriff’s on March 19 at the intersection of Bower Rd. and Vanbuskirk Rd. in Newfield. Police say the stop was conducted after they learned there was a search warrant in place for the 1998 GMC Sierra truck the two men were driving.

The Sheriff’s office reported that after directing the driver of the truck to stop the car by turning on their police lights and sirens, the driver attempted to flee, speeding at least 25 miles per hour over the limit.

Police say when they managed to pull the truck over, they found Nehrbass driving the truck with Carley in the passenger’s seat. Upon searching the vehicle, police reported that their findings included various lab equipment and chemical reagents aligned with the ingredients in methamphetamines. Some of the items included tubing, plastic bottles, coffee filters, a grinder, muriatic acid, sodium hydroxide, lithium, ammonium nitrate and solvents of naphtha and water.

Both men were arrested and arraigned in the Newfield Town Court. Both defendants have been charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and are currently in custody at Tompkins County Jail.

Alyvia Covert

Alyvia is a Crime Reporter with The Ithaca Voice. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Journalism and Photography.