OSWEGO, NY – As a result of an investigation and arrests that took place last year, the New York State Police and Oswego County Drug Task Force conducted an investigation of the “Last Daze of Summer” event held this past weekend at the Sterling Stage in the town of Hannibal.
This year’s investigation found substantial improvements over the environment and events witnessed last year, which was essentially an “open air drug market,” according to State Police.
It appears that the concert promoter has taken steps to curb the drug activity and it is our belief that last year’s arrests have deterred some dealers from attending this year’s event, Oswego County District Attorney Greg Oakes said at this morning’s (Sept. 8) press conference.
While overall drug activity decreased from last year, this year’s investigation revealed continued drug sale and resulted in the arrest of 14 individuals, he added.
The suspects are charged with felony drug offenses.
They are presumed to be innocent as a matter of law. The arrests only represent an allegation of wrongdoing, the DA noted.
This investigation was conducted in order to protect the general public as well as those attending the event.
“The drugs that were being sold and used at the event pose a risk to those who use them,” Oakes said. “Tragically, this point was made clear by a death that occurred at Sterling Stage this year.”
In the late evening hours of Sept. 3, a 37-year-old man with no known medical history was found dead on the grounds of Sterling Stage.
An autopsy has been performed.
“Although we are awaiting a toxicology report to determine the official cause of death, drug use is suspected to have played a role,” Oakes said, adding that “Drugs – paraphernalia were present on the deceased’s body.”
The District Attorney’s Office would like to thank the New York State Police and the Oswego County Drug Task Force for their hard work and diligence on this investigation, Oakes said.
The task force is comprised of investigators from the DA’s Office, the Fulton and Oswego city police departments, the Sheriff’s Office and the US Border patrol.
Seized during the detail related to the arrests and vehicle stops was $19,607.
Also seized was:
• 12.5 grams of cocaine
• 4.5 ounces hallucinogenic mushrooms
• 2,153 hits of LSD with a street value of $21,530
• 3 grams of Ketamine
• 9 pills MDMA
• 16 grams MDA
• 12 ounces of marijuana
• 1 ounce of Butane Hash Oil
• 5 unidentified pills
• 2 scales
• and packaging materials and several pipes
The List Of Suspects Includes:
• Richard D. Lumley (10/01/86) of Parish. Two felony counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance, second degree (hallucinogenic mushrooms)
• Cristina E. Kaine (12/06/79) of Altmar. Criminal sale of a controlled substance, third degree (hallucinogenic mushrooms)
• David J. Merritt (01/12/88) of Palmyra. Two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance, third degree (hallucinogenic mushrooms) and unlawful possession of marijuana.
• Michael A. Salisbury (09/02/83) of Palmyra. Fourth degree conspiracy (related to the Merritt arrest), seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of marijuana.
• Giselle L. Heusler (04/24/92) of Phelps. Fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (hallucinogenic mushrooms) and unlawful possession of marijuana.
• Dylan G. Trenkler (11/04/93) of Webster. Unlawful possession of marijuana.
• Joshua L. Catalano (01/30/90) of Syracuse. Third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and second degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia.
• Zachary A. Capobianco (05/19/82) of Latham. Third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (LSD with prior 220 PL conviction), two counts of fifth degree criminal sale of a controlled substance (Ketamine) and fourth degree criminal possession of marijuana.
• Benjamin K. Johnson (03/14/89) of Ilion. Two counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (Ecstasy and LSD with prior 220 PL conviction)
• Ryan C. Chrostowski (08/25/89) of Oriskany Falls. Two counts of fifth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (Ecstasy and LSD.
• Shawn B. Geyer (06/18/94) of Liverpool. Fifth degree criminal possession of controlled substance (LSD).
• Roger A. Morgan (01/29/89) of Cold Springs. Fifth degree criminal possession of controlled substance (LSD).
• Steven S. Bertou (02/10/83) of Farmington. Unlawful possession of marijuana. (no photo available)
(Not all booking photos were available)