Troopers seize $100,000 in drugs and cash

ContributedSeized drugs and weapons are shown in this photo provided by New York State Police.

State police said they arrested two people last week and took tens of thousands of dollars worth of drugs off the streets in Chenango County.

According to a media release, Jordan A. Melendez, 28, of Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, and Kimberly M. Rivas, 24, of Mohnton, Pennsylvania were arrested on Nov. 14, and charged with the felonies of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Police said the arrests came after search warrants were executed at multiple locations in Chenango County by the Troop C Violent Gang and Narcotics Enforcement Team, Special Operations Team and uniformed members of Troop C.

Police said they seized about 1.5 pounds of crystal meth with a street value of $50,000, more than an ounce of pure fentanyl with a street value of $36,000, about 20 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $10,000, four handguns (three of which were loaded), 16 illegally possessed long guns, scales, packaging materials and about $3,350 in cash.

Troop C Public Information Officer Aga Dembinska said there were no injuries or deaths because of the drugs or weapons Melendez and Rivas possessed. 

Both suspects were arraigned in the town of Norwich Court and remanded to Chenango County Jail with no bail. The case remains under investigation and additional charges are possible, the release said.

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