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Two charged with felonies after drug search warrant in Chemung County

TOWN OF SOUTHPORT (WBNG) — The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office says two people have been arrested following a two-month long investigation into the production of methamphetamine on Friday.

The sheriff’s office says 49-year-old Steven A. Grinolds and 46-yea-old Rena L. Dunkle were arrested at their residence at 225A Allen Street after the execution of a search warrant.

Authorities say Grinolds and Dunkle have been charged with the following:

  • Unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree, a class D felony.
  • Unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material, a class E felony.
  • Endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

The sheriff’s office says Dunkle’s daughter and grandmother were also at the residence at the time of the search, but were transported to a safe location as the special services unit investigated.

Materials associated with manufacturing methamphetamine and a methamphetamine lab were seized in the investigation, the sheriff’s office says.

Authorities say Grinolds and Dunkle were arraigned in the Town of Southport Court and have been remanded to the Chemung County Jail in lieu of a $10,000 cash, $20,000 property bond.

The Elmira Drug Enforcement Unit, New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team, members of the Southport Fire Department, and Erway Ambulance assisted on the scene out of caution.

The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office says it does not expect additional arrests.

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