Four accused of making meth at campsite

Published Aug 17, 2018 at 4:00pm

TOWN OF ORWELL — Two City of Oneida residents were among four charged with cooking methamphetamine at a campsite on state-owned land in Oswego County on Sunday.

State police said they were called to the Town of Orwell for suspicious people at a campsite off Dam Road, where they found four people and an active meth lab. Troopers said one of the four threw a portable meth lab into the camp fire, but no one was injured.

The chemicals used to cook meth are very volatile and the state police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team was called to the scene to clean up.

One gram of finished meth was located at the campsite, authorities said.

Kurt C. Merithew, 38, of 448 Stone Road, Oneida; Jennifer M. Stoddard, 23, of 213 Park Manor Drive, Oneida; Nicole R. Coyle, 33, and Edward R. Coyle, 40, both of 723 Wadsworth Road, Syracuse, were all taken into custody for third-degree manufacturing of methamphetamine, troopers said.

Stoddard and Merithew were charged with one count each of seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance, troopers said.

Merithew was also the one who threw the portable meth lab into the fire, the authorities said.

Merithew was additionally charged with one count each of unlawful disposal of meth-making materials and tampering with physical evidence, the troopers added.

All four are scheduled to appear in Town Court.