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November 19, 2012

3 in Oneonta face drug charges

Staff Report
The Daily Star

---- — A drug arrest Thursday in Oneonta that netted $3,000 worth of heroin and prescription drugs could send two previous offenders back to jail for a total of more than 20 years, according to a media release issued Saturday by the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the release, three people were arrested at a motel in the town of Oneonta on Thursday as the result of a joint narcotics investigation between the sheriff’s office, Otsego County Probation Department, Otsego County District Attorney’s Office and Oneonta Police.

The OCSO Criminal Investigation Division received information last week that felony probationer John Nack, 44, and his girlfriend, Kristin Manwarren, 23, were staying in a hotel on Oneonta’s Southside and selling heroin.

The pair were arrested leaving the hotel Thursday morning in a vehicle driven by John Sanfilippo, 32, of Davenport. According to the release, the investigation revealed that Sanfilippo, who has a revoked and suspended driving status, was in possession of a hypodermic needle, as well as three packets of heroin that he had just purchased from Nack.

A search of Nack by probation officers and deputies produced more than an eighth-ounce of heroin packaged for sale, 10 hydrocodone pills and 18 Suboxone strips. Deputies also seized $110. 

A search of Manwarren’s pocketbook produced a hypodermic syringe and crack pipe with residue, and a search of the hotel room turned up additional drug paraphernalia and packaging, the release said.

Sanfilippo was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable in December, and faces up to a year in jail.

Manwarren and Nack both face multiple charges for criminal possession of a controlled substance. Manwarren was also charged with criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument.

Nack, who is on probation for a previous criminal possession charge, and Manwarren were arraigned by Oneonta Town Judge Bruce A. Smith and remanded to the Otsego County Correctional Facility on $25,000 bail. If convicted, Manwarren faces up to nice years in prison, and Nack faces up to 12 years because of a past felony conviction. The Probation Department will be filing a violation of probation against Nack and he also faces up to an additional three years in prison on that charge. District Attorney John M. Muehl and Chief Assistant D.A. Michael F. Getman are prosecuting the cases.