Fulton Pair Facing Felony Drug Charge


FULTON – On Thursday, December 10, investigators with the Oswego County Drug Task Force arrested James A. Capozzi, 49, of 13 Ellen St., Fulton and Melissa S. Ives, 37, of 9 N. Fourth St., Fulton.

James A. Capozzi
James A. Capozzi

The arrests were based on a Drug Task Force investigation into the possession and sales of heroin within the city of Fulton.

On November 16, the DTF, with the assistance of the Fulton Police Department, executed a search warrant on a vehicle that Ives and Capozzi were in on State Route 48 near South Pollard Drive.

Pursuant to the search, a total of 10 bags of heroin and a small amount of crack cocaine were reportedly seized from the vehicle.

Two children were also present in the vehicle, police said.

It is alleged that Capozzi and Ives, acted in concert to possess the heroin with intent to sell.

Melissa S. Ives
Melissa S. Ives

They were criminally charged as follows:

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree, intent to sell – Class B Felony
Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia in the 2nd degree – Class A Misdemeanor
Endangering the Welfare of a Child – Class A Misdemeanor – 2 counts each

Ives was further charged with one count of:
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree – Class A Misdemeanor

This charge alleges that Ives did possess the small amount of crack cocaine.

Further charges against Capozzi and Ives for possession with intent and sale of heroin are pending at this time.

The defendants were arraigned in Fulton City Court and remanded to the Oswego County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bail bond.

They are due to reappear in Fulton City Court on December 16.

The Oswego County Drug Task Force is comprised of members from the Oswego County District Attorney’s Office, Oswego County Sheriff’s Department, NYS University Police at Oswego, U.S. Border Patrol, Fulton City Police Department and Oswego City Police Department.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation or other illegal drug activity is urged to contact investigators at 315-349-8222 or email [email protected]

All information will remain anonymous.