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Police arrest 21 on drug charges

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TURIN — Police say 21 people were arrested on drug charges during the weekend at the moe.down concert, with a variety of drugs and about $4,000 in cash being seized.


An investigator with the state police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, which worked with the Lewis County Sheriff's Department, said quantities of LSD, powder cocaine, crack cocaine, nitrous oxide, hallucinogenic mushrooms, Ecstasy, heroin, marijuana and various prescription drugs were taken for evidence.


Sheriff L. Michael Tabolt on Tuesday night told county legislators that the weekend event likely will cost his department about $40,000, primarily stemming from overtime pay and jail-related expenses.


The entire department staff was used from Thursday night through Tuesday morning and nine inmates had to be boarded at Oneida County jail, Utica, for about $100 a day each, he said.


Some of those arrested will remain incarcerated until completion of their court cases, Sheriff Tabolt said, noting one inmate from last year's moe.down was in jail until three days before this year's event.


The sheriff said he was not "discouraging the event," just bringing legislators' attention to the fiscal reality of the situation.


"Be aware that it's just going to get more expensive," he said. "I just can't cover this in my budget anymore."


Legislator Charles R. Fanning, R-Copenhagen, suggested the county should receive some funding from event organizers to cover added enforcement costs. The feasibility and legality of that would have to be determined by the county attorney, Sheriff Tabolt said.


The sheriff's department said the cause of death of David F. Laribee, 37, Utica, a "sudden death" victim at the concert Saturday, remains undetermined until results of toxicology tests are received. That usually takes at least six weeks.


Sheriff Tabolt said that the death "seemed to be self-induced" but that he couldn't say more about it at this point.


Among those arrested:


n Willis D. Mitchell, 25, Rochester, sent to Lewis County Jail, Lowville, under $15,000 bail, and charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Police said he had an ounce of crack cocaine, nitrous oxide and marijuana.


n Justin C. O'Brien, 25, Rome, jailed on charges of fourth-degree criminal conspiracy and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Police alleged he set up a cocaine sale.


n James E. Fraser, 20, Sturbridge, Mass., jailed on charges of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia. He was a party to the transaction set up by Mr. O'Brien, police said.


n Emily T. Crouch, 25, Northfield, Conn., jailed on charges of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, cocaine, and third- and seventh-degree counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.


n Julie E. Lathan, 21, Maryland, Otsego County, released to await prosecution on charges of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.


n Matthew C. Wright, 26, Little Falls, believed to be an assumed identity, and believed to be a fugitive from Virginia and Indiana, jailed on a charge of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, Ecstasy.


n Courtney M. Wallmeyer, 21, Hanover, Va., jailed on a charge of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, Ecstasy.


n Devin A. Sutton, 25, New London, Conn., believed to be an assumed name, jailed on a charge of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, cocaine.


n Steven A. Yanus, 22, Fairport, jailed on a charge of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, Ecstasy and LSD.


n Robert M. Clark, 33, Altoona, Pa., pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of marijuana, fined $225.


n Octavia L. Austin, 23, Wallingford, Conn., pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of marijuana, fined $225.


n Ethan A. Colby, 28, Schoharie, cited with unlawful possession of marijuana.


Police had only partial information on the following people, most believed to be from out of state:


n Nichole Sosenko, fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.


n Michael Wunders, fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, with Ms. Sosenko.


n Madison Christianson, fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, LSD.


n Tyler Hayes, fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.


n Jason Ball, public health law violation of selling nitrous oxide.


n Danielle Figler, fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, Ecstasy.


n Ronald Davis, third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.


n Warren L. Smith, fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, mushrooms, and being a fugitive from justice.


n Gregory Zito, third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, Ecstasy.

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