Madison County man busted for pair of meth labs inside his apartment


VILLAGE OF CANASTOTA — A Madison County man is facing multiple charges after law enforcers said two meth labs were located inside his apartment Wednesday evening.

Sheriff’s deputies said they were sent to 102 E. Chapel St. for a strong chemical odor at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Inside the apartment, deputies said they found 38-year-old Ronald R. Ortman Jr., of 150 Madison St., who admitted that the active meth labs were located in the attic of the residence. The building was evacuated and a search warrant was executed on the attic, uncovering two meth labs inside, authorities said. The state police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team was dispatched to the residence to dispose of the volatile chemicals.

Ortman is charged with one count each of second-degree possession of a controlled substance, a class A felony, third-degree manufacture of methamphetamine, a class D felony, seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors, deputies stated.

Ortman was arraigned in court and was sent to county jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. He is scheduled to reappear in Village court on Aug. 14.


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