Police: Davenport man had portable meth lab


A Mount Vision man faces felony charges after being arrested Wednesday in Davenport, according to Delaware County Sheriff Craig DuMond.

DuMond issued a media release Friday, saying deputies and troopers from the Oneonta State Police station responded to a 911 call for a domestic dispute Wednesday afternoon at a home on Pine Cliff Circle in Davenport.

According to the release, officers determined James Stiefel, 44, forcibly entered the residence and threatened the occupant with a knife before fleeing. Stiefel was later caught was taken into custody by troopers after resisting arrest, police said.

The release said deputies discovered Stiefel possessed a portable methamphetamine laboratory at the Davenport location. The New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team was summoned as sheriff’s investigators obtained a search warrant.

A search found "methamphetamine precursors" and manufacturing materials, and more than two ounces of a "mixture or substance" containing methamphetamine, the release said.

Deputies charged Stiefel with first-degree burglary, a class B violent felony; and misdemeanor counts of second-degree menacing, fourth-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and second-degree harassment, a violation.

Stiefel was arraigned in the town of Davenport Court Wednesday night and was remanded to jail without bail pending further court action.

Deputies said they will also charge Stiefel with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A-II felony; third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, a class D felony; criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine, a class E felony; second-degree criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material, a class A misdemeanor; second-degree obstructing governmental administration; and resisting arrest.

DuMond said in the release that members of the Pindars Corners Fire Department and AMR Ambulance Service responded and remained on the scene throughout the cleanup process to provide additional scene safety and to respond to any potential health, fire or explosion threat created by the clandestine meth lab.

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