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Motel 88

Police, advocates, hotels partner for emergency housing

Police, advocates, hotels partner for emergency housing

Motel 88 in Oneonta does not have a happy history.

Formerly known as the Oasis Motor Inn, the lodging saw drug busts and suicides, and carried a local reputation for a generally seedy atmosphere.

To add to its unhappiness, a fire broke out last week, and it remains under investigation.

But according to the Oneonta Police Department, the criminal element at Motel 88, and other motels like it, is related to the temporary housing they provide.

Fire at Oneonta Motel

Fire at Oneonta Motel

About an hour ago there was a fire at Motel 88 on Chestnut St., Oneonta. Fire crews are still on the scene. Check back for more details. (Photo by Joe Harmer)

Heroin, Crack Seized at Motel 88

Heroin, Crack Seized

In Raid At Motel 88

More than $1,700 worth of drugs were seized in a raid at the Motel 88 yesterday.
Jason Chase

ONEONTA – More than 71 bags of heroin and crack cocaine were seized during a raid at the Motel 88 on Chestnut Street in Oneonta.

Jason R. Chase, 33, Cortland, was arrested following a no knock search warrant in room 241 at Motel 88. Oneonta Police allegedly recovered 60 glassine bags of heroin and 11 bags of crack cocaine, with a total street value of $1,750. No weapons were located.

During the course of the investigation it was found that Chase had two arrest warrants for Criminal Sale of a Controlled substance in the Third Degree and was also wanted by the New York State Division of Corrections and Community Supervision.

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