Update (11/25/2021 11:00p.m.):

ITHACA, N.Y.—The Ithaca Police Department (IPD) announced an arrest made in connection with a search warrant served in the City of Ithaca that turned up illegal firearms, narcotics and methamphetamine, as well as tens of thousands of dollars. 

Phillip W. DeVinney, 55 of Ithaca, was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. The search warrant that led to his arrest by IPD was served on Tuesday at 306 Lake Ave. The ensuing search led to police discovering 3 illegally possessed handguns and a shotgun; about 1.9 pounds of methamphetamine and over 350 doses of suboxone as well as small quantities of other narcotics; and over $26,000 in cash. On Thursday, police released that further searches of the premises resulted in the discovery of an additional $34,000 dollars in cash.

DeVinney was arraigned before Judge Peacock in Ithaca City Court and was remanded to the Tompkins County Jail. Additional charges are expected to be filed against DeVinney.

Original Post: (11/24/2021 2:49p.m.):

ITHACA, N.Y.—Weapons, narcotics and methamphetamine, and tens of thousands of dollars in cash have been seized by law enforcement as the result of a search warrant at 306 Lake Ave. in the City of Ithaca.

The warrant was served by the Ithaca-Tompkins Specialized Response Team around 5:30AM on Tuesday—according to neighbors—with assistance from the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police.

The Ithaca Police Department (IPD) released that the search led to the discovery  of 3 illegally possessed handguns as well as a shotgun; approximately 1.9 pounds of methamphetamine; over 350 doses of suboxone as well as several other narcotics in smaller quantities; and over $26,000 in cash. Police also discovered bicycles and power tools at the house that were previously reported stolen.

Information released by IPD does not refer to any arrests or arraignments made at the house that was searched on Lake Ave. The information provided does not refer to anyone being in the home at the time of the search. IPD did not immediately respond to requests for more information.

The Ithaca Police department extended a thank you to the community members whose efforts and tips led to the search and removal of guns and drugs from the community.

Firearms, narcotics, ammunition, and cash seized by the Ithaca Police Department on Nov. 23 after issuing a search warrant at 306 Lake Ave. Credit: Provided / Ithaca Police Department

Correction: This story originally read that the search warrant was issued at about 8:45AM, rather than 5:30AM.

Jimmy Jordan

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