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March 3, 2013

6 arrested in 2-year heroin probe


The next arrest was made Dec. 17, when Oneonta police took Anthony M. Kinloch, age 20, of Queens into custody and charged him with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second degree assault, a misdemeanor.

That arrest resulted from surveillance of the Oneonta Bus Station on Market Street undertaken because buses are now commonly used to transport heroin from New York City to Oneonta, deputies said.

Authorities said officers approached and questioned Kinloch, who was waiting for the bus to leave. He gave inconsistent and non-truthful answers to questions to them, they said. He was then searched, and police found a bundle of heroin and $585 in cash, authorities said.

As officers attempted to handcuff Kinloch, he fled on foot, causing injury to an investigator, they said.

Patrolman Phillip Kraft eventually located Kinloch in a stream in Neahwa Park without further incident, deputies said.

He was arraigned Dec. 18 and sent to the Otesego County jail on $20,000 bail. He faces up to nine years in prison if convicted, deputies said.

The same day, Louis Medina, 24, of New York City, was arrested for third-degree criminal possession of controlled substance, after arriving in Oneonta on a bus from New York City, deputies said.

Officers found that he was carrying 200 packets of heroin, they said. He was arraigned and sent to Otsego County jail in lieu of $20,000 bail. He faces up to nine years in prison if convicted on the possession charge, deputies said.

Two months later, Feb. 17, deputies arrested Anays Garcia, 25, of New York City at the Downstate Correctional Facility in Fishkill, when she went to visit her boyfriend, Jose “Flip” Rodriguez, deputies said. Rodriguez is serving a 40-year prison sentence for operating as a major trafficker in Otsego County and is awaiting trial on charges for allegedly running his drug trafficking organization from the prison in the fall of 2011.

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