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Garrattsville man arrested on drug charges

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - A Garrattsville man was arrested on drug charges after he turned himself in Monday, the Otsego County Sheriff's Office said.

Richard Reynolds, 59, of the 3000 block of State Highway 51 in Garrattsville, is charged with criminal possession of marijuana, three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawfully growing cannabis by an unlicensed person.

According to authorities, in July 2013 investigators received information that Reynolds was allegedly growing marijuana at his Town of New Lisbon property. Pilots from the Drug Enforcement Administration were notified and located marijuana plants on Reynolds' property during their eradication flights.

On Aug. 8, 2013, deputies from the sheriff's office, DEA special agents, New York State parole officers from the Utica office and detectives from the Oneonta Police Department searched Reynolds' property and residence. Authorities say loose processed marijuana, 39 marijuana plants, a triple-beam balance, 23 Suboxone pills, five Xanax pills and two Oxycodone pills were found. The weight of the marijuana seized was about 2 1/2 pounds and valued at $10,000. Authorities say the street value of the pills was $500.

Reynolds surrendered to the sheriff's office Monday afternoon.

If convicted of the marijuana possession, he faces up to 2 1/2 years in state prison.

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