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March 8, 2013

Investigation leads to four marijuana arrests in Unadilla

A two-month investigation has led to the arrests of four Otsego County residents on marijuana offenses, the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

Among those arrested was Timothy Gregory of Unadilla, who was charged with criminal possession of marijuana in the second degree.

Sheriff’s deputies, DEA agents, SUNY Oneonta police and Oneonta detectives, acting on a tip that Gregory was selling marijuana, raided his property at 597 Kilkenny Road in the Town of Unadilla on Feb. 28, the sheriff’s office said in a press release.

The officers found 2½ pounds of “processed” marijuana, valued at $7,500, in a barn on the property, the sheriff’s office said. They also said they seized a digital scale.

Gregory has a previous federal conviction for conspiring to distribute marijuana, the sheriff’s office said. He was arraigned in Unadilla Town Court and released on $1,000 bail. He faces up to 2½ years in prison if convicted.

In addition to the possession count, Gregory was charged Monday with two counts of criminal sale of marijuana in the third degree for selling more than 25 grams of marijuana to another person in the Town of Unadilla in January and February 2012, the sheriff’s office said. He was released on his own recognizance on those charges and faces an additional 1½ years in prison on each sales charge if convicted.

Officers also arrested Deborah Gregory and Tracy Nichols on Feb. 28 for allegedly possessing small quantities of marijuana on their persons during the investigation.

They each face up to 15 days in the Otsego County jail on the possession charge.

The fourth arrest, on Monday, was of Alexander Zienkker, who was charged with criminal possession of marijuana in the second degree for allegedly possessing more than one pound of marijuana in his bedroom at his former residence, 597 Kilkenny Road.

He was arraigned in Unadilla and released on $1,000 bail. He faces up to 2½ years in state prison if convicted of the possession charge, the sheriff’s office said.

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