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Ovid man arrested on eight felony charges after meth lab discovered in Seneca County

Sheriff Tim Luce says an Ovid man was arrested on a number of felony charges, and a home in Ovid was condemned after a meth lab was discovered on Munson Road.

On Thursday the Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotics Unit and Criminal Investigation Division executed a search warrant at 2868 Munson Road, in the Town of Ovid.

Following the search Benjamin Nichols, 26, of that address was charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance, felony unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, two counts of felony criminal possession of a weapon, felony criminal possession of a firearm, felony failure to register as a sex offender, two counts of felony criminal possession of a weapon, and several other misdemeanors.

Sheriff Luce says a meth lab was discovered at the address. They also discovered several rifles, a 9mm handgun, methamphetamine, metal knuckles, digital scales, and approximately 100 rounds of ammunition at the residence.

They say Nichols is a convicted felon and is not allowed to possess firearms. Deputies were assisted at the scene by the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team and Seneca County Code Enforcement.

All of the hazardous material was collected from the residence, and the property was deemed uninhabitable. Sheriff Luce says it was condemned.

Nichols was held at the Seneca County Jail pending further court action.

Sheriff Luce stated that the case began when Investigators developed information while doing a check on Nichols as a registered sex offender. Nichols is currently a level two registered sex offender. He added that the case was an example of excellent police work and follow up that eliminated a hazard to the community.


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