ITHACA, N.Y. – An Ithaca man is facing multiple charges after a narcotics search warrant earlier this year led police to find methamphetamine and an illegal firearm in his residence.

Johnny J. Lucena Jr., 25, was arrested on June 28 after police executed a search warrant on his home at 224 Wood Street that morning around 4:30 a.m.

According to police, multiple members of local law enforcement agencies including the Ithaca Police Department SWAT Team, IPD Investigations Division, Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office and Cornell University Police Department responded to the scene with a search warrant.

Police say the SWAT team secured the residence and two occupants were later apprehended, including Lucena.

While searching the home, police say they seized a ‘large amount’ of methamphetamine within the residence. According to reports, packaging scales and over $9,000 dollars in U.S. currency were also recovered, indicating that the narcotics were being sold.

After searching the rest of the property, police say they also recovered a loaded firearm in one of the vehicles.

Lucena was indicted in Tompkins County Court last Thursday on felony charges of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm.

Correction: This story previously reported the defendant’s name was Johnny J. Lucena. It has since been corrected to Johnny J. Lucena Jr. 

Alyvia Covert

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