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February 9, 2013

Two charged in drug bust

Staff Report
The Daily Star

---- — Two former Oneonta residents have been arrested as part of Operation Gold Rush conducted by the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office, Oneonta Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration office in Albany. 

The probe focuses on the distribution of oxycodone powder in and around Otsego County, a media release from deputies said. 

Dylan J. Clark, 33, and Michelle L. Slonaker, 27, were charged Friday with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony, deputies said. 

An Otsego County grand jury indicted Clark and Slonaker in early January in an oxycodone powder sale that occurred in the city of Oneonta in May 2011, the release said, and Otsego County Court issued an arrest warrant Jan. 11.

The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division determined that Slonaker was living in Orange County. Early Friday morning, state police from the Violent Felony Warrant squad and other law enforcement officers assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service’s New York-New Jersey Regional Task Force located Slonaker at her residence in Middletown and arrested her. 

Otsego deputies picked Slonaker up at the state police station in Liberty and returned her to Otsego County, where she was arraigned in county court and jailed in lieu of $20,000 bail, the release said.

Clark, who was described in the release as homeless, was located Friday at a residence on Wells Bridge Road in the town of Unadilla by deputies with help from Oneonta police and the district attorney’s office. He was arrested, arraigned in county court and jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Clark and Slonaker are scheduled to reappear in county court Feb. 11. 

Clark, who was convicted for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in 2001, faces up to nine years in state prison if convicted on the recent charge, deputies said.

Slonaker, who was convicted of attempted fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in 2009, faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted.