Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wellsville-area state Encon officer arrested regarding drug cases - UPDATED

As the result of a lengthy investigation, state police Amity Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) arrested Kenneth Basile, age 42 of Wellsville, NY on charges of Official Misconduct and Obstruction of Governmental Administration in the Second Degree. The charges stem from an investigation that involved drug cases in 2014 and 2015 in Allegany County.
Basile was released to appear in the Town of Amity Court.

Allegany County District Attorney Keith Slep, DEA Buffalo, Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the State Police CNET assisted in this investigation. 
State Police Public Information Officer Trooper James O'Callaghan said there would be no further comment at this time. Basile has worked as an EnCon officer for more than 15 years.
UPDATE 12:12 P.M.- Allegany County District Attorney Keith Slep issued this statement..."No comments at this point."
UPDATE 3:20 P.M.- This is statement from Erica Ringewald, Director, Office of Media Relations for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation:
The Environmental Conservation Officer in question has been suspended without pay since late 2015. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) anticipates a determination on his employment status before the end of the year. DEC cannot speak to personnel matters or the charges brought by the State Police.  
ECO Basile started with DEC on February 15, 1999, as an Environmental Conservation Officer Trainee and became an ECO on 9/30/99.