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Mexico Pair Facing Felony Drug Charges

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MEXICO – On October 16, at approximately 7:45 p.m., investigators with the Oswego County Drug Task Force executed methamphetamine related search warrants on both a 2000 Jeep Cherokee, as it traveled on State Route 104 in the town of New Haven, as well as a residence located at 362 State Route 104B in the town of Mexico.

Michael T. Bratchie
Michael T. Bratchie

Pursuant to the search warrant executions, materials used to manufacture methamphetamine were reportedly located and seized.

Seized items included: laboratory equipment, ephedrine, sodium hydroxide, ammonium nitrate and lithium metal, police said.

A small amount of methamphetamine was also reportedly seized.

The operator, and sole occupant of the Jeep, Michael  T. Bratchie, 34, of 362 State Route 104B in the town of Mexico as well as Cassie R. Bennett, 34, whom was present at her residence of 362 State Route 104B in the town of Mexico, when the search warrant was executed  were later arrested and charged with one count each of the following:

Cassie R. Bennett
Cassie R. Bennett

Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine in the 3rd degree – Class D Felony
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree – Class A Misdemeanor

Both defendants were arraigned in New Haven Town Court and remanded to the Oswego County Correctional Facility in lieu of $5,000 cash bail $10,000 bail bond each.

They were due to reappear in Mexico Town Court on October 20, at 7 p.m.

The NYSP Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team assisted at the scene.

Both defendants were previously arrested in September 2015 on a separate and distinct DTF investigation for which the original article appears below.

The Oswego County Drug Task Force is comprised of members from the Oswego County District Attorney’s Office, Oswego County Sheriff’s Department, NYS University Police at Oswego, U.S. Border Patrol, Fulton City Police Department and Oswego City Police Department.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation or other illegal drug activity is urged to contact investigators at 315-349-8222 or email [email protected]

All information will remain anonymous.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE BELOW

On Tuesday September 15, 2015, at approximately 5:45 a.m., investigators with the Oswego County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on a vehicle in the area of State Route 104 and City Line Road in the city of Oswego.

The driver and sole occupant of that vehicle, Cassie R. Bennett, 33 years of age, of 362 St. Rt. 104 B in the Town of Mexico was allegedly found to be in possession of materials used to manufacture methamphetamine.

A second search warrant was executed at 362 St. Rt. 104B Mexico, at approximately 7:13 a.m.

With the assistance of the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team (CCSERT) the residence was searched and evidence of methamphetamine manufacturing was seized.

As a result of both searches; laboratory equipment, chemical reagents, precursors and solvents used to manufacture methamphetamine were seized.

Less than one gram of methamphetamine was also recovered.

Bennett as well as Michael T. Bratchie, 34 years of age, of 362 St. Rt. 104 B Mexico were arrested and criminally charged with one count each of:

Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine in the 2nd degree- Class C Felony
Endangering the Welfare of a Child- Class A Misdemeanor

The charges allege that Bennett and Bratchie acted in concert to knowingly and unlawfully manufacture methamphetamine in the presence of children under the age of 16.

Both defendants are being held pending arraignment.

The Oswego County Drug Task Force is comprised of members from the Oswego County District Attorney’s Office, Oswego County Sheriff’s Department, NYS University Police at Oswego, U.S. Border Patrol, Fulton City Police Department and Oswego City Police Department.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation or other illegal drug activity is urged to contact investigators at 315-349-8222 or email [email protected]

All information will remain anonymous.