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January 23, 2013

Ex-Covidien worker in court on drug charges

DELHI — A former Covidien plant worker was arraigned Tuesday on a top-grade felony charge after authorities accused him of taking oxycodone out of the plant and selling it to his half-brother — who is now cooperating with investigators.

Jason Wilsey, 33, of Davenport, turned himself in at the Delaware County courthouse, where he was arraigned on a charge of first-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance — two ounces of oxycodone. The powdery substance is the main ingredient in the highly potent pharmaceutical brand-name prescription drug OxyContin.

The case against him, officials said, is at least partially based on the claims of his half-brother, Robert Wilsey of Harpersfield, a convicted sex offender and father of four daughters charged with trafficking in oxycodone two weeks ago.

Jason Wilsey had been employed at Covidien’s Hobart plant for 10 years and has a clean criminal record, said his attorney, Michael A. Jacobs of Stamford. The lawyer said the last time Jason Wilsey was in trouble, he was 12 years old. He did not elaborate on the nature of that incident.

“He maintains his innocence, absolutely,” Jacobs said. “His family is bailing him out right now. As far as we can tell, this was brought on by the half-brother. This is called: ‘Let’s blame someone else so I don’t have to spend a lot of time in the state penitentiary again.’”

Jason Wilsey, joined at the courthouse by about a dozen relatives, was released on $50,000 bail by state Supreme Court Justice Carl Becker. The judge spurned a request by Jacobs to set the bail amount at $7,500. Delaware County District Attorney Richard D. Northrup had argued that Jason Wilsey posed a risk of absconding, and asked he be jailed without bail.

Authorities alleged that Jason Wilsey gained access to oxycodone through his job in the mixing room at the Covidien plant.

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