Delaware Co. drug sweep lands 14 felony charges

By Nicky Hickling

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Delaware Co. drug sweep lands 14 felony charges

March 21, 2014 Updated Mar 21, 2014 at 4:52 PM EDT

Delhi, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Delaware County Sheriff’s Investigators conducted a major sweep Thursday, resulting in five arrests and a total of 14 felony drug charges.

The arrests are part of five different investigations conducted earlier this year.

The sheriff’s office arrested Landon Cullipher, 32, of Oneonta, William Effner, 21, of Delhi, and Johnathan Hawley, 28, of Oneonta. Cullipher is accused of selling heroin in Davenport on three occasions earlier this year. Effner is accused of selling heroin in the Village of Delhi on three occasions earlier this year. Hawley is accused of selling Suboxone in the Town of Meredith and the Village of Delhi earlier this year.

The sheriff’s office assisted by SUNY Delhi University Police also arrested two SUNY Delhi students following two unrelated narcotics investigations in the Village of Delhi. Shawn Prakash, 20, of Hicksville, and Joshua Rutt, 22, of Port Jervis, were both arrested. Prakash is accused of selling cocaine on the SUNY Delhi Campus on three occasions earlier this year. Rutt is accused of selling cocaine at his residence in the Village of Delhi on three occasions earlier this year.

All of the defendants were arraigned in Delaware County Court on Friday and were taken to the Delaware County Jail without bail pending further court action.

In addition to the previously mentioned charges, Cullipher, Rutt and Prakash also face additional charges.

When Delaware County Corrections Officers searched Cullipher, they found a hypodermic syringe and needle secreted within the hem of his jacket. Cullipher will be arraigned on those charges in Delhi Town Court at a later time.

Prakash will also be charged with additional drug related offenses, which will be filed by SUNY Delhi University Police as a result of their execution of a search warrant on Prakash’s SUNY Delhi dorm room Thursday evening.

Rutt was also charged with Unlawful Possession of Marihuana and was issued an appearance ticket for Delhi Town Court. He is accused of possessing a quantity of marihuana at the time of his arrest.

Charges:

Landon Cullipher:
-Three counts, criminal sale of a controlled substance, third degree, class B felony
-Promoting prison contraband, first degree, class D felony
-Criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument

William Effner:
-Three counts, criminal sale of a controlled substance, third degree, class B felony

Johnathan Hawley:
-Two counts, criminal sale of a controlled substance, fourth degree, class C felony

Shawn Prakash:
-Three counts, criminal sale of a controlled substance, third degree, class B felony
-Unlawful Possession of Marijuana

Joshua Rutt:
-Three counts, criminal sale of a controlled substance, third degree, class B felony