Ithaca, N.Y. — Two men from Tompkins County were arrested Saturday on charges of manufacturing methamphetamines, according to the Ithaca Police Department.

William Apgar, 24, of Brooktondale, and Christopher Merkley, 25, of Ithaca, were arrested around 5:09 a.m. on the 100 block of Floral Avenue.

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Police on mountain bikes saw the men “acting suspiciously” and stopped to talk to them, Officer Jamie Williamson said.

The officers then discovered that Apgar had an active warrant out of Ithaca City Court and searched his backpack.

That search turned up “multiple precursors” used to make meth, Officer Williamson said. Police then searched Merkley and found that he also had meth materials, according to Williamson.

Both Apgar and Merkley have been charged with two counts of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamines in the third degree, a felony, and fifth-degree criminal conspiracy, a misdemeanor.

Apgar also faces charges — from prior arrest warrants — of petit larceny and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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