2 arrests made in Sylvan Beach drug overdose investigation

Two people who live in the same mobile home park where four people appear to have overdosed on drugs Tuesday, were arrested and are now facing gun and drug charges.

Posted: Jul 22, 2021 1:02 PM
Updated: Jul 22, 2021 5:35 PM

SYLVAN BEACH, N.Y. – Two people who live in the same mobile home park where four people appear to have overdosed on drugs Tuesday, were arrested and are now facing multiple charges.

New York State Police were called to Sylvan Beach Mobile Home Park on Harborview Drive around 2:30 a.m. on July 20 where they found four people unresponsive. They were all treated for drug overdoses and sent to the hospital, but have since been released.

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Later that morning, state police also found 36-year-old Jason R. Corteux dead in a home on Lakeshore Drive in the town of Vienna from what is believed to be an accidental drug overdose.

During the investigation, police executed a search warrant at a different home in Sylvan Beach Mobile Home Park, where they arrested 36-year-old Joshua J. Stimpson and 24-year-old Autumn R. Schneider after finding a rifle, brass knuckles and suspected illegal drugs in the residence.

Stimpson was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He is currently being held in the Oneida County jail.

Schneider is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and was released with an appearance ticket.

State police say the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information can contact the Oneida headquarters at 315-366-6000.

The Oneida County Overdose Response Team issued a spike alert on Wednesday, July 21, following six reported overdoses, including the four in Sylvan Beach and two in the town of Vienna.

The team also warned of cocaine laced with fentanyl or carfentanil making its way through the county. Even small doses of this drug combination can be lethal.

Test results are pending to confirm which drug was involved in the overdose cases reported on July 20.

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