Otsego County man faces several drug-related charges

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - A Town of New Lisbon man faces several charges after he was allegedly in possession of numerous drugs, the Otsego County Sheriff's Office said.

Charles O'Brian Hall, 25, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree and criminally using drug paraphernalia in the second degree.

According to officials, the sheriff's office received a tip in December that activity commonly associated with drug trafficking was happening at Hall's home. Parole officers in Utica and probation officers in Cooperstown joined forces with sheriff's investigators to conduct an investigation into Hall, who is on parole.

On Jan. 9, Hall's residence was searched. Authorities say numerous items were found in his home, including: four plastic bags containing six grams of cocaine, valued at $1,200; four grams of psilocybin mushrooms, valued at $40; 11 Suboxone sublingual films, valued at $220; a bottle of liquid steroids, valued at $500; 16 amphetamine capsules, valued at $320; two butterfly knives; two electronic digital scales; numerous plastic bags and glassine envelopes commonly used to package narcotics; $369 in cash; a Savage 270-caliber rifle and ammunition; a stolen Stihl chainsaw and Stihl leaf blower authorities say is from a burglary at the Jellystone campground on East Tuttle Lake Road; and an untagged female deer that was hanging in Hall's garage.

Authorities say an ounce of packaged marijuana belonging to Misty Dawn Mojica of South New Berlin was also discovered. Mojica is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police were contacted and responded to the scene to investigate the deer. Hall was issued a ticket for possessing an untagged female deer. Hall was arrested on a charge of violating his parole and jailed at the Otsego County Correctional Facility without bail.

On Wednesday, investigators charged Hall with the drug and weapon charges. He was sent back to the correctional facility on a $25,000 bail. If convicted, Hall faces up to 12 years in prison.


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