OSWEGO, NY – In the month of November 2014, the Oswego Police Department’s Anti-Crime Team began investigating several juvenile overdoses believed to have been a result of consumption of synthetic cannabinoids in and around the Oswego city area.
Proactive details were established by ACT investigators with the intent of removing these drugs from the street and arresting those in possession of such.
On Tuesday (December 16), at approximately 6:17 p.m. the Anti-Crime Team was working one of these proactive details when investigators observed a 2003 Mitsubishi, with three occupants, fail to stop at a stop sign and further fail to signal a turn.
A traffic stop was conducted of the vehicle at State Route 104 at Judson Street.
As a result of the continuing investigation one of the occupants, Shawn F. Smith, 35, of 199 Seymore St., Auburn, was discovered to be in possession of 44 packets of synthetic cannabinoids, of various brands and weight, as well as $1,180 in US currency, according to police.
Smith was taken into custody under the Oswego County Law prohibiting sale or possession of psychoactive herbal incense (synthetic cannabinoids)- unclassified Misdemeanor.
The driver of the above listed vehicle, Joshua D. Barnello, 18, of 260 S. Fourth St., Fulton, was found to allegedly be in possession of approximately 1gram of marihuana and arrested for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.
He was issued an appearance ticket and released with a court date of January 15 at 9:30 a.m.
Another passenger of the vehicle, a 17-year-old boy (who will not be named due to his age), was found to allegedly be in possession 5 packets of synthetic cannabinoids and $1,88 in US currency.
This passenger was arrested for violation of Oswego County Law prohibiting sale or possession of psychoactive herbal incense ( synthetic cannabinoids)- unclassified Misdemeanor.
He was released on an appearance ticket returnable to Oswego City Court on January 15 at 9:30 a.m.
Upon further investigation into the traffic stop and discovery of the synthetic cannabinoids, investigators from the Anti-Crime Team went to a residence located within the city of Oswego and made contact with Shelby L. Dillingham, 18, of homeless.
Investigators reportedly seized 14 packets of synthetic cannabinoids from Dillingham and she was charged with the Oswego County Law prohibiting sale or possession of psychoactive herbal incense (synthetic cannabinoids) – unclassified Misdemeanor.
Through investigation of this case, it is alleged that Shawn Smith had further provided synthetic cannabinoids to a person under the age of 17, who due to their age will remain unnamed.
Smith was further charged with endangering the welfare of a child- Class A Misdemeanor.
Smith was held pending arraignment and on December 17, was arraigned in Oswego City Court where he was released on his own recognizance with a return court date of January 7.
The total street value of the seized synthetic cannabinoids is approximately $1,160.
As always, Oswego City Police are asking anyone with information regarding this or any other illegal drug activity to contact them at 315-342-2283.
Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may also contact the Oswego City Police Department’s tip-line at 315-342-8131, or email [email protected]