Three arrested, $26K in meth seized in raid

Published Aug 11, 2017 at 4:00pm

ONEIDA — More than $26,000 worth of methamphetamine was seized and three people were taken into custody after a meth lab was raided in rural Madison County early Thursday morning.

This is the third meth arrest in five years for Alan Blake, resident at 1720 Canal Road, according to state records. It has been nearly one year since he was released on parole on a previous meth charge.

Sheriff’s deputies said their Special Operations Unit raided the Canal Road residence shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday following an investigation into large scale meth manufacturing and sales. The residence is located northwest of the City of Oneida, adjacent to the Thruway.

The SWAT team secured both the residence and an unattached storage shed, where the meth lab was active and cooking, officials said. The state police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team was called to the scene to secure and dispose of the highly volatile chemicals in the shed.

Authorities said they seized 9 1/3 ounces of meth, with an approximate street value of over $26,000.

Blake, 55, was taken into custody, alongside Brian James, 33, of Oneida, and Nicole Delfino, 30, of Syracuse, authorities said. Blake and James are both charged with one count of second-degree possession of a controlled substance, and Delfino is charged with one count of seventh-degree possession.

James is charged with one count of third-degree unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine, a class D felony, and Blake is charged with one count of second-degree manufacturing methamphetamine, a class C felony, deputies stated.

Blake and James were arraigned in City Court and were sent to county jail without bail. They are scheduled to reappear in court. Delfino was released on an appearance ticket for a later date.

According to state records, this is Blake’s third meth-related arrest in the past five years. In June 2012, Blake was taken into custody at his residence after law enforcers seized quantities of meth and marijuana, and he spent nearly a year in jail.

Then in January 2016, Blake was again taken into custody for possession of methamphetamine.

Police were called to his residence for a reported dispute, and authorities said Blake fled into the woods. He was located and taken into custody several days later.

According to prison records, Blake served four months of a three year sentence in state prison on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine. Blake was released on parole on
Aug. 16, 2016.