NY: Men Had 100 Lbs Of Marijuana

Ron Strider

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Three Delaware County men were arrested on felony charges after state police investigated an illegal marijuana-growing operation in the town of Meredith, said authorities who seized about 100 pounds of processed marijuana and seven long guns.

Richard Lane, 59, of Walton; Edward Lane, 48, of Meredith; and Clayton Rockefeller, 61, of Meredith; were each charged with first-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class C felony, according to a media release issued by state police Wednesday.

On Oct. 18, the state police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, or CNET, along with uniformed and Bureau of Criminal Investigation members from Troop C executed a search warrant at 5435 and 5186 Elk Creek Road in the town of Meredith, Delaware County, after an investigation into the illegal growing of marihuana, the release said.

As a result of the search warrant and investigation, authorities seized about 500 harvested marijuana plants, about 100 pounds of processed marihuana, about 34 grams of hashish, a digital scale, $1,166 in U.S. currency, seven long guns, two Night Owl Security Products surveillance systems with cameras, a cellphone and a digital camera, the release said.

The defendants were arraigned in Davenport Town Court and sent to Delaware County jail in lieu of $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond bail each, the release said.

John Hubbard, Delaware County district attorney, said the defendants were assigned attorneys by the court and have been released on bail, pending return dates yet to be determined in Davenport Town Court.

Attorneys assigned were Andrew Puritz of Oneonta for Edward Lane, Robert Gouldin of Oneonta for Richard Lane and Gregory Peirez of Walton for Rockefeller, Hubbard said.

The case likely will go on to Delaware County Court, addressed through a Superior Court Information or heard by a grand jury, Hubbard said Wednesday.

The search warrant was issued by Judge Richard Northrup, Delaware County Court judge, Hubbard said, and the defendants were cooperative during the investigation.

Hubbard said he didn't know how or if the defendants were related. Address connections were for Rockefeller at 5186 Elk Creek Road, a large property with a two-story farm house, and for Richard Lane at 5435 Elk Creek Road, a trailer, Hubbard said.

Hubbard didn't know the street value of the drugs confiscated but said he appreciated CNET's presence investigating cases in the county. The maximum sentence for a conviction on a class C felony is 5½ years in prison, he said.

"The gravity of the charges is significant," Hubbard said.


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