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County Drug Task Force Arrests Two With Possession of Over $12k in Cocaine


Two Cortland men are facing multiple felonies following an incident that took place on Thursday, February 9th in the Village of Marathon.

On February 9th, during an ongoing narcotics investigation by the Cortland County Drug Task Force, officers from the Cortland County Sheriff’s Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a traffic infraction in the Village of Marathon.

During the attempted traffic stop, 51 Artist Quiller of Cortland, fled on foot from the vehicle away from officers. The driver of the vehicle, 62 Anthony C. Perkins of Cortland, then fled from the traffic stop in the vehicle.

Officers were able to chase down Quiller and take him into custody after a brief pursuit. Perkins eventually returned to the area where the traffic stop was originally conducted in the same vehicle he fled from. This time Perkins was stopped by State Police and taken into custody.

Further investigation found Perkins had been operating the vehicle on a suspended license. Officers also found both men were in possession of nearly 4 and a half ounces of cocaine with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The cocaine found in the investigation has a street value over $12,500. Both Quiller and Perkins were arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 2nd, Conspiracy in the 2nd, both Felonies.

Quiller was charged additionally with Obstructing Government Administration in the 2nd, a Misdemeanor and Perkins charged additionally with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the 2nd, a Misdemeanor, and Following too closely and Unlicensed Operator, an infraction.

Both men were sent to the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office for arraignment and then sent to Cortland County Jail with no bail. They are due in Marathon Town Court next week.

Further charges are possible.

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