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Rotterdam Police: Man arrested after meth lab discovered in home

ROTTERDAM, NY (WRGB) - Police officers raided a home in Rotterdam Friday morning and took 35-year-old Nicholas Ferraro into custody.

Police say they got their arrest warrant after Ferraro sold drugs to a police informant.

His arrest shocked one neighbor.

"We never noticed anything out of the ordinary, just an average guy, comes over and helps shovel the driveway. Just generally a nice guy," the neighbor said.

Police say Ferarro cooked most of the meth in his garage, all while his 7-year-old son lived with him.

"Anybody that has a child in the house and is doing that kind of thing has a problem," the neighbor said.

Hazmat crews were on scene as investigators combed the home, finding several components for making meth.

"All the chemicals involved in producing methamphetamine are very hazardous, very volatile. The fumes that are generated from the cooking process are extremely toxic," said Lt. Bill Male of the Rotterdam Police Department.

But police say there's no immediate threat. Police say the 7-year-old has been turned over to family members. Police are still quantifying how much meth was in the house. The total amount may lead to more charges.

Ferarro will be back in court on Monday.

Ferraro was charged with the following crimes:

-Criminal sale of a controlled substance 3rd degree, a class B felony.

-Criminal sale of a controlled substance 5th degree, a class D felony.

-Criminal possession of a controlled substance 3rd degree, a class B felony

-Criminal possession of a controlled substance 5th degree, a class D felony.

-Unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine 2nd degree, a class C felony.

-Unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine 3rd degree, a class D felony.

-Criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine, a class E felony.

-Endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor.


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