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Two men face felony drug charges after they were arrested Monday night in Portlandville with more than a quarter-ounce of crack cocaine, 74 packets of heroin and various drug paraphernalia.

The arrests were the result of an investigation into the whereabouts of a wanted parolee, Roberto Brown, 23, formerly of Oneonta and Brooklyn. The Otsego County Sheriff's Office had learned Brown was in the Oneonta area, according to deputies.

Parole Officers Patrick La Porte and Eric Jones discovered Monday that Brown was staying at the Riverside Mobile Home Park in Portlandville.

Otsego deputies and the parole officers arrested Brown at a residence in the park, along with Derel J. Rice, 22, of Brooklyn, who had driven from New York City that day, Senior Investigator Michael Ten Eyck said Tuesday.

The residents of the home where the two were arrested were cooperative and not complicit in the alleged drug dealing, according to Ten Eyck.

Brown was known to be staying in several places in Oneonta, as well as in Delaware County, Ten Eyck said.

The Delaware County Sheriff's Office assisted with the investigation.

In addition to crack and heroin, which were packaged for individual sale, the two men also had two electronic scales, a box of glassine envelopes, a bag of small, Zip-Loc baggies, new glass crack pipes, a box of rubber bands and a $50 bill, according to a media release from deputies. Glassine envelopes are small and translucent, often with a wax paper-like finish.

The drugs seized have an estimated street value of about $2,000, deputies said.

Both men were charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Additionally, Brown, who has two prior felony drug convictions, was charged with second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia and violating his parole. He was sent to Otsego County jail without bail after arraignment before Milford Town Justice Robert E. Moore Sr. Brown faces up to 15 years to life in prison if convicted.

Rice was also arraigned before Moore and sent to Otsego County jail on $25,000 bail. Deputies said he faces up to nine years in prison if convicted.

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