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Friday, April 8, 2016

Wyoming County Drug Sweep Nets 7, More Possible

The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office Commander of the Drug Task Force, Captain Ed Till, announces that Members of the Wyoming County Drug Task Force arrested seven individuals on drug charges following an early morning round up throughout Wyoming County and are actively seeking several others on a variety of drug related charges. 

MICHAEL J. CASE, age 38, of South Main Street in Perry, was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree, after he allegedly sold Cocaine to an undercover agent in the Village of Warsaw earlier this year. CASE was also charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 4th degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree, after he allegedly sold Hydrocodone pills to an undercover agent in the Village of Perry last month. CASE was committed to the county jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.

CORY M. INGALLS, age 24, of Prospect Street in Warsaw, was charged with 2 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree and 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree. INGALLS allegedly sold Lisdexamfetamine, a controlled substance, on 2 occasions in 2015 in the Village of Warsaw. INGALLS was committed to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.

SARA A. HOWARD, age 21, of West Bergen Road in Leroy, was charged Criminal Sale and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree after she allegedly sold a Heroin and Fentanyl mixture to an undercover agent in December of 2015 in the Village of Attica. She was also charged with Criminal Sale in the 4th degree and Criminal Possession in the 5th degree when she allegedly sold Suboxone in December of 2015 in the Village of Attica. She was committed to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail.

SHELBY R. JAMES, age 24, of Roszyk Hill Road in Machias, was charged with 2 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree, and 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 4th degree, after she allegedly sold Hydrocodone to an undercover agent on two occasions in the Village of Arcade in the fall of 2015. She was released after posting bail.

MARGARET WOLFE, age 33, of Orchard Street in Silver Springs was charged with 1 count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 4th degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 4th degree. WOLFE allegedly sold Suboxone to an undercover agent in the fall of 20015 in the Village of Warsaw. She was committed to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.

COURTNEY BROWN, age 21, of Main Street in Arcade, was charged with 2 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree and 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree. She allegedly sold Suboxone in the Town of Arcade. She is currently being held in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.

WADE J. BIGHAM, age 29, of Allen Street in Arcade, was charged with 1 count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 4th degree and 1 count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree after he allegedly sold Hydrocodone to an undercover agent in the Town of Arcade. He is currently being held in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.

Sheriff Gregory Rudolph says:  “These arrests are just the beginning of “Operation Spring Sweep” and are the culmination of investigations that took several months.  The opiate problem seen nationally and across the state is in Wyoming County.  The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office, the Drug Task Force and all the Law Enforcement agencies in Wyoming County are committed to aggressively investigate the possession and sales of illicit drugs.  We will do our enforcement part in curtailing the use and distribution of these highly addictive drugs.  The Wyoming County Drug Task Force is an operational and investigative unit that has dedicated Deputies and Officers working together from the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office, the Arcade Police Department, the Attica Police Department, the Perry Police Department, the Warsaw Police Department and the Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE).  The Wyoming County Drug Task Force maintains a Tip Line:  585-786-8965 and encourages the reporting of drug activity in OUR community.”

District Attorney Donald G. O’Geen says:  “The District Attorney’s Office continues to work closely with the Wyoming County Drug Task Force as we put forth a system wide crack down on drug dealers within our community.  My office will continue to aggressively prosecute these cases with an added emphasis on the heroin/opioid cases.  We are all part of the solution in getting these drugs off the street.  Citizens need to come forward, parents to need question and supervise their children and employers need to have a drug free work place to name a few.   In other words we need to send the message that drugs in our community will not be tolerated at any level, in any house or any place.
In regards to the arraignments in these cases we sought out higher bail to keep these alleged drug dealers off the street. In some cases we were successful in getting that higher bail but in others we were not.  My office will be seeking significant sentences for all of these alleged dealers.  They cannot be allowed to hide behind treatment to avoid punishment for dealing this garbage to our children.  The user should get treatment but the seller should receive significant sentences as proper punishment and as a proper deterrent for others.   It takes the entire criminal justice system to hold these people accountable as the task force can only arrest these individuals and my office can only prosecute them.”