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July 9, 2014

Woman arrested on drug charges

Otsego County Sheriff's Deputies arrested an Oneonta woman recently for allegedly selling narcotics, according to a recent press release.

Meghan Leigh Matthews, 29, was arrested on June 25 and charged with two counts of fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony, after she allegedly sold narcotic preparations during the winter, the release said.

In January, hydrocodone tablets were allegedly purchased from Matthews in Oneonta and, in February, Suboxone sublingual strips were purchased from her, as well. An investigation led to the issuing of a sealed indictment warrant of arrest, the release said.

Matthews was arraigned by County Court Judge Brian D. Burns and sent to the Otsego County Correctional Facility without bail, returnable in the County Court on July 18, according to the release.

When she was arrested, Matthews was already on parole for third-degree criminal possession of stolen property and probation for fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance resulting from previous arrests in Chenango County, the release said.

Because of a previous felony drug conviction, Matthews will face up to 16 years in prison if convicted, the release said. She also faces additional prison time for her probation and parole violations.

The arrest was a result of a narcotics investigation that was conducted by the Otsego County Sheriff's Office Criminal Division with assistance from Otsego County and Utica-based probation officers and Oneonta Police Department detectives. District Attorney John M. Muehl is prosecuting the case, the release said.

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