The charges against both half-brothers grew out of a lengthy investigation by the Delaware and Otsego county sheriff’s departments, in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Delaware County Undersheriff Craig DuMond said.
The investigation revealed that Jason Wilsey was the source of approximately five ounces of oxycodone seized from the home of Robert Wilsey on Dec. 21, DuMond said. Jason Wilsey, he added, was still employed at Covidien at that time.
Jason Wilsey is also suspected of being the conduit for Covidien-manufactured oxycodone that Hobart-based drug dealer Dante Major, 36, had been selling before he was taken into custody in Cooperstown last March, DuMond said. Major was sentenced last week in Otsego County court to 55 years to life in state prison.
The undersheriff said Covidien has been working to step up its anti-theft measures at its Hobart facility. The arrest of Jason Wilsey, he said, should serve as a message to Covidien employees that serious consequences await anyone who diverts pharmaceutical drugs from the plant.
“We are extremely proud of the efforts and the partnerships developed by the multijurisdictional team involved in this investigation and will continue to diligently support each other as we carry on our work into the future,” DuMond said.
Northrup said the investigation marks a significant step in the ongoing effort to curb illicit trafficking in dangerous pharmaceutical drugs. “We’ve had a problem with abuse of prescription drugs in local communities for years,” the prosecutor said.
Robert Wilsey, 40, served time in state prison after being convicted in 2001 of raping and sodomizing a 14-year-old girl in Delaware County.
Jason Wilsey’s relatives declined to comment on the case as they left the courthouse.