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October 24, 2013

Drugs, cash seized in Cobleskill

Staff Report
The Daily Star

---- — Drugs, a shotgun and about $9,500 were seized during the execution of a search warrant that resulted in the arrest of a Baldwin man, according to Cobleskill police who investigated alleged drug sales with the state police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Michael C. Leavey, 21, was charged Friday with third-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a felony, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, a media release from the Cobleskill Police Department said.

The investigation continues and other charges are pending, police said.

Leavey allegedly was involved in sales and possession of marijuana and controlled substances, police said. Further investigation led to the application for a search warrant for Leavey’s residence on West Main Street in Cobleskill.

The warrant, issued by the Schoharie County Court, was executed at 2:22 p.m. Friday by Cobleskill police and CNET.

Officers seized more than half a pound of processed marijuana; a quantity of steroids; a substance believed to be a form of MDMA, bath salts or other similar type controlled substance; drug paraphernalia such as pipes, hypodermic needles, bongs, plastic bags for packaging, and digital scales; and about $9,540.25, authorities said.

The bulk of the currency was located with the marijuana in a large safe in the suspect’s bedroom, the release said, and a loaded pump-action shotgun was recovered from under the suspect’s mattress.

Additional charges are expected pending lab testing results of the substance believed to be MDMA, police said.

Leavey was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and sent to Schoharie County Jail on $10,000 cash bail or $30,000 bond, pending further court action.

Police ask that anyone with information regarding this incident, or with any drug activity in the Cobleskill community, contact Sgt. Rich Bialkowski at (518) 234-2923. Information provided will be kept confidential, police said.