Cortland County Drug Task Force Rounds Up 15 People For Violating Local Prescription Drug Law
14 Cortland County residents and one man from neighboring Tompkins County are all facing charges for purchasing or possessing too much pseudoephedrine. The over the counter cold medicine is a key ingredient in the manufacture of the illegal drug methamphetamine.
According to Lt. Todd Caufield with the Cortland County Sheriff's Department, all 15 individuals were arrested early this morning following a 3 month long investigation.
All 15 people were charged with a Misdemeanor crime under a Cortland County law that prohibits the possession, purchase, or attempted purchase of excessive amounts of Pseudoephedrine and products containing Pseudoephedrine.
The following individuals were arrested as part of the attempt to curtail the production of methamphetamine in the area.
36 year old James Duff of Owego Street, Cortland
34 year old Timothy Duff of Owego Street, Cortland
27 year old Todd Linn of Cincinnatus Road, Cincinnatus
22 year old Matthieu Younes of Cincinnatus Road, Cincinnatus
24 year old Casey Chorley of Conable Ave., Cortland
44 year old Clifton Bergman of Kingsley Ave, Cortland
44 year old Robert Velazquez of Penguin Drive, Cortland
27 year old Alyce Sivers of Penguin Drive, Cortland
30 year old Scott Fairweather of Weaver Road, Cortland
22 year old Jentre Bergman of Bell Lane, Freeville
39 year old Deborah Foster Cullip of Central Ave, Cortland
28 year old Erica Northup of West State Road, Cortland
46 year old Miles Parrotta who Currently resides in the Cortland County Jail
47 year old Renee Powierski of Maybury Road, McGraw
60 year old Joseph Powierski of Maybury Road, McGraw
All indivudals were to be arraigned in Cortlandville Town Court.
Cortland County adopted the local law limiting the purchase of pseudoephedrine last year. The local law which carries fines and possible jail time was aimed at slowing down the growing number of meth labs that have been turning up in Cortland County.
The law requires local stores selling pseudoephedrine to keep track of who is buying the cold medicine and how much, those records are subject police review.
The investigation is continuing and additional charges and arrests are pending.