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Three Arrested For Cocaine, LSD

Three Arrested For

Possessing Coke, LSD

ONEONTA – Three men were arrested Tuesday night after Oneonta police executed a search warren at 300 Main Street and allegedly found cocaine and LSD in the residence.

Timothy A. Baron, 37, Mark J. Fategoni, 55 and Zachery E. Meegan, 28 were all arrested and charged with possessing cocaine. Meegan was also allegedly in possession of LSD, and $9,500 in cash was also seized. Police were assisted by the Otsego County Sheriffs Department’s K9 Unit.

Investigation Ongoing In Holding Cell Death

DA, OPD Investigate

Death In Holding Cell 

Suspect May Have Ingested Drugs,

Causing Heart Attack, Chief Says

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Kenneth Faulkner

ONEONTA – Oneonta Police and Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl are investigating a death in police custody last evening, after a man arrested on narcotics-trafficking charges swallowed what might have been cocaine, according to Police Chief Douglas Brenner.

To Brenner’s knowledge, this is the first time a suspect has died in OPD custody.

Kenneth J. Faulkner, 52, New Rochelle, was arrested on a warrant at about 5 p.m. at 85 Ford Ave., and taken to the city’s Public Safety Building, Brenner said.  About 5:35 p.m., a second warrant was served at the building, allowing “a body search. “

“He was on the threshold of the door of the holding cell, and in three seconds he had managed to close the door and get the drugs into his mouth,” Brenner said in a interview this afternoon. “The officer opened the door and tried to get him to spit out the drugs.”

Man Arrested With 5K Worth of Cocaine

Man Arrested With

$5K Worth Of Cocaine

Oneonta Police seized bags of powder cocaine and more than $2,000 were seized during the arrest of Aaron Willey.
Aaron Willey

ONEONTA – An Oneonta man was arrested after police allegedly found him in possession of cocaine worth more than $5,000.

Aaron M. Willey, 31, was arrested Tuesday, June 13 after Oneonta City police, with the assistance of the state police and Department of Corrections, served a search warrant at his residence at 5106 State Highway 23, lot 82 in the Town of Oneonta. Police allegedly found 1.99 ounces of powder cocaine with a street value in excess of $5,000, as well as $2,472 in various denominations of US currency.

Three Arrested With Heroin, Cocaine In Milford Home Raid

Three Arrested

With Heroin, Cocaine

In Milford Home Raid

Kwannasia Barnes
Keith Blush
Richard Cushnie

MILFORD – Three people were arrested after a search by the state police allegedly found heroin and cocaine at a home in Milford.

Richard A. Cushnie, 28, and Keith M. Blush, 37, both of Maryland, were arrested along with Kwannasia K. Barnes, 24, Binghamton, after state police executed a search warrant at the Milford home. During the search, police allege that a quantity of heroin and cocaine were found, as well as U.S. currency.

OPD Reports Finding Heroin, Cocaine During Traffic Stop

OPD Reports Finding Heroin,

Cocaine During Traffic Stop

Vickie Tolbert

ONEONTA – During a traffic stop at 2 a.m. last Wednesday, Oneonta police reported today that they discovered 20 bags of heroin and a gram of cocaine and arrested the driver, Vickie E. Tolbert, 48, of Oneonta at 2 a.m. last Wednesday.

They charged Tolbert, the driver, with criminal possession of a controlled substance, third degree, a felony.

Two Arrested For Possessing Cocaine, Marijuana

Driver, Passenger Arrested

On Coke, Marijuana Counts

Brandon Richardson
Brandon Richardson
Kayla Kipper
Kayla Kipper

EXETER – A driver and his passenger were both arrested for possessing marijuana and cocaine after a traffic stop in the Town of Exeter.

Brandon S. Richardson, 20, of Ilion, was stopped by troopers for allegedly driving 60 mph in a 45 mph zone on Route 28 near Schuyler Lake.

On approaching the vehicle, troopers reported they smelled marijuana inside and conducted a search, finding 10 grams of cocaine, more than 10 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Coke, Heroin Seized In Raid At Townhouse Inn

Cocaine, Heroin Seized

In Raid At Townhouse Inn

Oneonta Police found cocaine, heroin and cash in a room at the Townhouse Inn on Main Street.
Oneonta Police found cocaine, heroin and cash in a room at the Townhouse Inn on Main Street.
Donald Starr
Donald F Starr
Allen McMullen
Allen McMullen

ONEONTA – Two men were arrested and more than $7,000 in heroin and cocaine were seized in a raid this morning at the Townhouse Inn on Main Street in Oneonta.

Allen E. McMullen, 25, with no address, and Donald F. Starr 3rd, 37, Davenport Center were arrested after a joint investigation by the Oneonta Police Department Detective Division and the NYS Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations, along with K-9 Diff, served a search warrant at the Townhouse Inn, 318 Main St. Oneonta.

Police: Utica Man Had 23 Bags of Cocaine

Police: Utican Arrested

With 23 Bags Of Cocaine

Kwame Wilson
Kwame Wilson

ONEONTA – Oneonta Police arrested a Utica man found with 23 bags of cocaine worth $2,300 after a raid at a house on Baker Street Wednesday afternoon.

Kwame Wilson, 23, was arrested with the assistance of state police K9 Milton, after investigating a report of possible drug activity at 14½ Baker Street.

At the scene police allegedly seized 23 individual packets of cocaine with a street value of approximately $2,300, $246 in cash and a small quantity of marijuana with a street value of $20.

“We’re starting to see really cocaine come back into the area,” said Lt. Douglas Brenner.

Two Charged With Selling Coke in Oneonta

Two Charged With

Selling Coke In Oneonta

ONEONTA – A man and a woman were each charged with selling cocaine in Oneonta in what Lt. Douglas Brenner describes as “an upswing” in the drug’s sale.

“For the past two years, we’ve seen cocaine creeping back into Oneonta,” he said. “We try to keep an eye on trends.”

Freddie L. Sampson, 44, Brooklyn, was arrested Sept 8. and charged with five counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony, four for selling cocaine and one for hydrocodone.

Worcester Man Arrested With Heroin, Coke, Gun

Worcester Man Arrested

With Heroin, Coke, Gun

Three-Time Offender Faces Life In Prison

Cash, drugs and weapons were seized yesterday in a the Worcester mobile home of Paul James Velleca, a convicted felon.
Police said these cash, drugs and weapons were seized yesterday from a the Worcester mobile home of Paul James Velleca, a convicted felon.
James Velleca
Paul James Velleca

WORCESTER – Investigators with the Otsego County District Attorney’s Office partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration to take down an alleged drug trafficker and three-time felon in the Town of Worcester.

Paul James Velleca, 45, was arrested yesterday after a no-knock warrant was served following an investigation put in place by Town Supervisor Donald L. Lindberg, who reported suspicious activity at Velleca’s mobile home.

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