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Oswego Police Uncover Mobile Methamphetamine Lab

Arrests Announced In Meth Lab Investigation
Update Issued 11/21/11 at 10:30am:

William J. Corcoran
William J. Corcoran

On Sunday, at approximately 3 p.m., pursuant to an ongoing investigation into illegal drug activity, members of the Oswego City Police Department Anti-Crime Team stopped a 2000 Chevrolet Impala in the parking lot of the Lowe’s Plaza, located at 445 State Route 104 in the city of Oswego.

The vehicle was driven by a woman, and the front seat passenger was identified as 34-year-old William J. Corcoran of Oswego. Also riding in the back seat of the vehicle was Corcoran’s 7-year-old niece.

Upon further investigation and interview of the vehicle occupants, police obtained consent to search the vehicle, at which time they observed items and materials in the trunk consistent with those used in the production of methamphetamine.

Heidi Dashnaw
Heidi Dashnaw

Additionally, information was developed which led police to the upper apartment at 3 Mary St. in Oswego. Upon arrival they obtained consent to search the residence and, although there was no working methamphetamine lab, police did discover additional evidence of methamphetamine production.

Corcoran was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree (C Felony), and Endangering the Welfare of a Child (A Misdemeanor).

He is currently being held awaiting arraignment.

Also arrested as a result of the investigation at 3 Mary St. were: 55-year-old Carl Dashnaw Jr., 33-year-old Heidi Dashnaw and 20-year-old Brianna Callen.

Brianna Callen
Brianna Callen

Carl and Heidi are husband and wife and reside at 3 Mary St. along with Callen, who is of no relation.

All three were arrested and charged with Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree (A Misdemeanor), and have been released on appearance tickets with a return court date of Jan. 5, 2012, at 9:30 a.m.

Members of the New York State Police Clandestine Laboratory Response Team, who were already on scene at the Lowe’s Plaza, also responded to 3 Mary St. to ensure the safe cleanup and disposal of the materials discovered there.

The Lowe’s Plaza has been fully re-opened for business.

ORIGINAL STORY BELOW

OSWEGO, NY – At about 3 p.m. today (Nov. 20), pursuant to an ongoing investigation into illegal drug activity, members of the Oswego City Police Department Anti-Crime Team stopped a motor vehicle in the parking lot of the Lowe’s Plaza, located at 445 State Route 104 in the city of Oswego.

As a result of further investigation, police observed materials and items consistent with those used in the production of methamphetamine, within the vehicle.

Such materials can be extremely hazardous if not handled properly, and therefore the Oswego Police Department acted quickly to evacuate businesses in the immediate vicinity and secure the area.

At this time, Lowe’s remains open, but all other businesses located on the west side of the plaza are closed and the parking lot has been sealed off.

Both the Oswego County and the Oswego City Fire Department Hazardous Materials Response Teams are on scene, and the New York State Police Clandestine Laboratories Response Team is responding to assist in the safe clean up and disposal of the materials within the vehicle.

As a precaution, Police are asking people to avoid the area until the situation is mitigated.

Oswego Police do have a suspect in custody, however at this time are not releasing the suspect’s identity pending further investigation.

Further information will be released as soon as possible.

As always, Oswego Police are asking anyone with information regarding this or any other illegal drug activity to contact them at 315-342-2283.

Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may also contact the Oswego City Police Department’s tip-line at 315-342-8131, or email [email protected]