The Ithaca Police Department is investigating a mobile meth lab after a tip from a "concerned citizen" led officers to a vehicle early this morning that contained "ingredients and equipment that are commonly used to manufacture methamphetamines."
An IPD press release says officers were advised at about 5:31am that a vehicle parked in the 500 block of South Plain Street, in the Titus Flats area of the City southwest of downtown, was operating as a mobile meth lab, and after a quick examination of the vehicle, decided to call in additional resources to safely investigate further. Members of the New York State Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team (CCSERT) responded to assist.
Photo provided by IPD.Update: Police have identified the involved vehicle as a beige Mercury sedan, pictured here.
The investigation revealed that the vehicle contained "enough precursors ... to substantiate a felony level arrest," but IPD says no arrests have been made and the investigation is continuing. They ask that anyone with information that might aid the investigation contact the criminal investigations unit through police dispatch at 607-272-3245, the administration line at 607-272-9973, the Crimestoppers Tipline at 607-697-0333, or the anonymous online tip form.