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July 17, 2013

Man accused of selling cocaine

Staff Report
The Daily Star

---- — A former Oneonta man has been charged with selling cocaine in the city of Oneonta, Otsego County deputies said Tuesday.

Anthony Michael Palladino, 50, currently of Utica, was charged Monday with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony, deputies said in a media release.

Palladino recently was indicted by an Otsego County grand jury and a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with the sale of crack cocaine in the city in July and August last year, the release said.

Otsego County Sheriff’s Office investigators were unable to locate Palladino in Otsego County and developed information that Palladino might be living in Utica, the release said. Last week Oneida County Sheriff’s Office Investigators Peter Kallaur and Michael Ladd, who are assigned to the US. Marshal’s New York New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force out of Oneida County, were contacted and opened a case. 

Ladd and Kallaur developed information to locate Palladino in Utica, and members of the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force found Palladino at his apartment and took him into custody on the Otsego County sealed indictment warrant of arrest. 

A hazmat team was called to Palladino’s apartment in Utica on Monday after the officers who went to arrest him reported experiencing a burning sensation that made them suspect a possible meth lab, Utica police told the Utica Observer-Dispatch.

Otsego County investigators arrested Palladino at the Utica Police Department where he was being held. Palladino was returned to the Otsego County jail pending arraignment.

On Tuesday afternoon, Palladino was arraigned by County Court Judge John F. Lambert and sent to Otsego County jail on $20,000 bail, pending a continuation of his arraignment in court Friday.

Palladino, who has three previous felony convictions, faces up to 15 years to life in prison if convicted in the case, which is being prosecuted by Otsego District Attorney John M. Muehl, deputies said.