Sheriff's Deputy injured during Chittenango meth bust

An Oneida County Sheriff’s Deputy sustained a “serious” injury during a meth lab bust in the village of Chittenango late Tuesday night.

After obtaining information that there was an active meth lab at a residence on South Webber Drive, deputies responded to the home and observed that a meth lab was in fact in operation.

As investigators approached, 26-year-old Vincent Bort attempted to dump the contents of a one-pot device and flee, deputies say.

In the process, he threw the bottle in the direction of an undercover deputy, exposing him to the caustic chemical combination involved in the one-pot manufacturing process. 

Bort continued to flee but was quickly taken into custody several feet away.

The injured deputy was assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration - Syracuse Resident Office Task Force, and was from the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, working with deputies from  the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, also assigned to the task force. 

The deputy was transported to Upstate Hospital. His injuries are not considered to be life threatening, but are considered serious.

Bort was also transported to Upstate Hospital for evaluation due to exposure to the chemicals.

“The inherent risk involved in shutting down these meth labs is more than can be described.  Each time these operations are executed, an immense risk to the safety of our officers, firefighters, and EMS personnel is imminent – and as we saw last night, can lead to injuries of first responders at any moment.  Our wishes for a speedy recovery are with the deputy that was injured last night,” said Madison County Undersheriff John Ball.

As a precaution, a residence adjacent to the lab location was asked to evacuate the home as a precautionary measure due to the active nature of the lab, and the close proximity to the dwelling. 

The other adjacent residence was asked to shelter in place until the scene was secure.

Bort was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

32-year-old Samantha Wheeler was also arrested in the meth lab bust. She was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

In total, approximately 3 ounces, or 84 grams, of meth were seized, with an approximate street value of over $8,400. 

Bort was sent to the Madison County Jail on no bail or bond. Wheeler was released on an appearance ticket.

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