Sex offender arrested for operating meth lab

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SENECA COUNTY, N.Y. (WROC) — A Seneca County man has been arrested after police said they found a meth lab, guns and ammunition in his home.

26-year-old Benjamin Nichols is a level two sex offender and was arrested by the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday.

Nichols was charged with:

  • criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second degree
  • unlawful manufacture of Methamphetamine in the third degree
  • 2 counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree
  • criminal possession of a firearm
  • sex offender failure to register address
  • 2 counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree
  • 3 counts of criminally using drug paraphernalia
  • criminal possession of a controlled substance

Because Nichols is a registered sex offender, he is not allowed to possess firearms, and must register his address.

Upon investigation, police found multiple rifles, a 9 mm handgun, methamphetamine, metal knuckles, digital scales and approximately 1,000 rounds of ammo.

Nichols is at the Seneca County Correctional Facility on no bail pending a hearing.

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