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Nearly 6,000 doses of pain drug seized in 'biggest Fentanyl bust in Onondaga County'

(Left To Right): Haley Fehrer, John Cummings, Anette Valerio and Issiah Maldonado were all charged in connection to a "Fentanyl Processing Mill" in Clay, according to the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office.

CLAY, NY -- A raid at what investigators are calling a 'Fentanyl Processing Mill' in Clay is being hailed as the biggest bust of the prescription pain patch in Onondaga County.

Six people were arrested in Clay after the Onondaga County Sheriff's Detectives uncovered 47.7 grams of Fentanyl, which is about 5,866 doses of the highly potent synthetic opiate, at a home on 7793 New Hope Drive West Wednesday night.

In February, a deadly batch of heroin mixed with Fentanyl made its way onto the streets of Buffalo and killed 23 people in two weeks.

The Onondaga County Sheriffs says it found six people inside the house, mixing and packaging the drug in a way that implied they were planning street-level sales.

Along with Fentanyl, authorities say they also found about 2 ounces of the synthetic cathinone A-PVP (AKA 'Flakka'), a loaded 12 gauge shotgun, a replica sub machine gun, various drug paraphernalia and $3,571 in cash.

The charges are as follows-

  • John Cummings of Liverpool: 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree; Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, 7th degree; 3 counts of Criminally using Drug Paraphernalia, 2nd Degree; Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.
  • Jamie Feher of Syracuse:2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree;Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, 7th degree; 3 counts of Criminally using Drug Paraphernalia, 2nd Degree; Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.
  • Issiah Maladonado of Liverpool:2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree; Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, 7th degree; 3 counts of Criminally using Drug Paraphernalia, 2nd Degree; Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.
  • Haley Feher of Liverpool: 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree; Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, 7th degree; 3 counts of Criminally using Drug Paraphernalia, 2nd Degree; Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.
  • Kevin Sutliffe of Liverpool: Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree; 3 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree; 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, 7th degree; 3 counts of Criminally using Drug Paraphernalia, 2nd Degree; Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.
  • Anette Valerio of Syracuse:2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd Degree; Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, 7th degree; 3 counts of Criminally using Drug Paraphernalia, 2nd Degree; Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.

7793 New Hope Way is a two story home that fits into the quiet suburban Clay neighborhood that surrounds it. There is nothing remarkable on the outside of the home or anything to suggest it was the center of one of the largest Fentanyl drug busts ever conducted in Onondaga County. On Wednesday night, six people were led out in handcuffs. People living nearby did not want to appear on camera but were shocked to hear what sheriff's investigators found inside the house.

At a press conference, Sheriff's investigators showed reporters a shotgun, a replica sub-machine gun, packaging equipment and 5866 doses of Fentanyl with a street value of aproximately $60,000.

"This is taking place in a suburban area in the town of Clay. This is in our neighborhoods. The overdoses are taking place all through Onondaga County," said Sgt. Jeremy Young.

Investigators say the six people arrested were mixing and packaging Fentanyl. Fentanyl first showed up in Onondaga County in late 2014. It is a very synthetic drug estimated by police to be 3o to 50 times more powerful than heroin.

"The vast majority of the overdoses we are seeing in recent time involve Fentanyl," said Young.

Fentanyl is extrememly dangerous. Onondaga County Sheriff Gene Conway said the drug mill suspects had a warning for investigators when they entered the home with a search warrant.

"Actually cautioned the investigators not to touch these drugs without any type of gloves on because of the potency and the danger to them," said Conway.

Conway said law enforcement can not tackle the heroin/ Fentanyl problem alone. They need the community's support and information on drug dealers.

"We've always had issues with illegal drugs in our community. It just what that drug is unfortunately at the moment and now how deadly it is," said Conway.

Sheriff's investigators said the Clay arrests came together after receiving tips and working with other police departments investigating overdoses.


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