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17 arrested in big drug bust in Orleans County

Staff Reports Posted 24 July 2015 at 12:00 am

Police search meth labs in Shelby, Gaines

Provided photos – Law enforcement officers are at the scene of an alleged meth lab on East Shelby Road in the Town of Shelby on Thursday.

ALBION – Local law enforcement officers have arrested 17 people following a 7-month investigation into the sale and distribution of heroin, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, prescription pills and marijuana in Orleans County, the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force reported this afternoon.

The arrests were made in the past several weeks. The investigation included four search warrant executions, including at two meth labs on early Thursday morning, the Task Force reported.

Police seized quantities of crack cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, precursors and equipment for manufacturing methamphetamine, a loaded 45-caliber pistol, more than $14,000 in cash, scales, packaging and other drug paraphernalia.

The following were arrested:

Junior Mateo

Charles Santiago

Aimee Santiago

Philip Ayala

Brooke Wenner

Delmus Tanner

Kuyanna Kuyal

Brandon Honore

Diane Gallagher

Philip Riley

Jennifer McCarthy-Conklin

Joshua Lopez

Bennie Coger

Xavier Hand

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Junior Mateo, 36, of 734 Arnette Blvd., Rochester. He was charged with 5 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree (Class B felonies) as a result of an Orleans County sealed indictment warrant.

Additionally a search warrant was executed and Mateo is charged in Monroe County with criminal possession of marijuana in the 2nd degree and criminal possession a weapon in the 2nd degree. He is being held in Monroe County Jail on $15,000 bail and was arraigned in Orleans County Court by Judge James Punch, who set additional bail of $50,000.

Charles A. Santiago, 27, 0f 214 North Main St., Albion. He was charged with 3 counts of criminal sale of marijuana in the third degree (Class E felonies) as a result of an Orleans County sealed indictment warrant.

As a result of a search warrant, Santiago is also charged with 2 counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the 3rd degree, 1 count of criminal possession of marijuana in the 4th degree, and 3 counts of unlawfully dealing with a child in the 1st degree.

He was arraigned in Orleans County Court by Judge Punch and comitted to the County Jail on $100,000 bail.

Aimee L. Santiago, 28, of 214 North Main St., Albion. She was charged with 1 count of criminal possession of marijuana in the 4th degree, 1 count of criminal possession of a weapon in the 3rd degree, and 3 counts of unlawfully dealing with a child in the 1st degree.

She was arraigned in the Albion Town Court byTown Justice Joseph Fuller and committed to the Orleans County Jail on $1,000 bail.

Philip R. Ayala, 30, of 136 Summit St., Batavia. He was charged with 6 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in 3rd degree, and 4 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree (Class B felonies) as a result of an Orleans County indictment warrant.

Ayala was arraigned in County Court by Judge Punch and was committed to the County Jail on $200,000 bail.

Ayala is currently awaiting sentencing in Genesee County for a felony drug charge and is facing more drug charges in Genesee County as a result of a search warrant execution.

Brooke M. Wenner, 30, 0f 136 Summit St., Batavia. She was charged with 4 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree, and 2 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree (Class B felonies) as a result of an Orleans County sealed indictment.

She was arraigned in County Court by Judge Punch and committed to the County Jail on $25,000 bail.

Delmus R. Tanner, 35, of 6619 Lake Rd., Bergen. He was charged with 9 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree, 9 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree, 3 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the 4th degree, and 3 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 5th degree (Class B, C and D felonies) as a result of an Orleans County sealed indictment.

Tanner was arraigned in County Court by Judge Punch and was committed to the County Jail on $100,000 bail.

Kuyanna G. Kuyal, 19, of 6619 North Lake Rd., Bergen. She was charged with 1 count of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree, and 1 count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree (Class B felonies) as a result of an Orleans County sealed indictment.

She was arraigned in County Court by Judge Punch and committed to the County Jail on $1,000 bail.

Brandon A. Honore, 30, of 247 East Park St., Albion. He was charged with 2 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree, and 2 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree (Class B felonies) as a result of an Orleans County sealed indictment.

Honore was arraigned in County Court by Judge Punch and comitted to the County Jail on $100,000 bail.

Diane M. Gallagher, 46, 5079 East Shelby Rd., Town of Shelby. She was charged with 3 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree, and 3 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree (Class B felonies) as a result of an Orleans County sealed indictment warrant.

Gallagher was arraigned in County Court by Judge Punch and committed to the County Jail on $100,000 bail.

Philip A. Riley, 32, of 110 West Bank St., Albion. He was charged with 2 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree, and 2 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree (Class B felonies) as a result of an Orleans County sealed indictment.

Riley was arraigned in County Court by Judge Punch and committed to the County Jail on $100,000 bail. Riley is currently on state parole and a state parole warrant was filed with the Orleans County Jail.

Jennifer McCarthy-Conklin, age 39, of 1 Thomas St., Holley. She was charged with 2 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree, and 2 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree (Class B felonies) as a result of an Orleans County sealed indictment.

McCarthy-Conklin was arragined in County Court by Judge Punch and was committed to the County Jail on $5,000 bail.

Joshua Lopez, 36, of 13 Adam St., Apt. B, Lockport. He was charged with 1 count of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree, and 1 count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree (Class B felonies) as a result of an Orleans County sealed indictment warrant.

Lopez was arraigned in County Court by Judge Punch and committed to the County Jail on $100,000 bail.

Bennie Coger, 63, of 525 West Ave,. Apt. 7, Medina. He was charged with 2 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the 3rd degee, and 2 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in 3rd degree (Class B felonies).

Coger was arraigned in the Ridgeway Town Ccourt by Town Justice Joseph Kujawa. Coger was committed to the County Jail on $100,000 bail. He is also currently on state parole and a state parole warrant was filed with the Orleans County Jail.

Xavier Hand, 18, of 329 South Ave., Medina. He was charged with 1 count of criminal sale of marijuana in the 4th degree, and 1 count of criminal sale of marijuana in the fifth degree.

Hand was arraigned in Ridgeway Town Court by Town Justice Joseph Kujawa and committed to County Jail on $5,000 bail. Hand is also currently on Probation with Orleans County Probation.


The following 3 arrests are the result of an investigation into the manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine in Orleans County.

On Thursday the Major Felony Crime Task Force, the New York State PoliceS.O.R.T. (Special Operation Response Team) and the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department executed two search warrants of suspected meth labs, 4706 East Shelby Rd. in Shelby and 12801 Ridge Rd., Apt. A, in Gaines, the Task Force reported.

Law enforcement determined that a camping trailer located at 4706 East Shelby Rd. did contain an active meth lab and was occupied by two individuals at the time, the Task Force said.

The East Shelby Fire Department also responded to the scene as a precaution while the lab was dismantled and processed by law enforcement.

Police seized more than 5 ounces of methamphetamine, numerous items used to produce and manufacture methamphetamine and numerous other items associated with the sale, distribution, and use of controlled substances.

The following were arrested:

Joshua Miller

Arika Grosskopf

Shane Maynard

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Joshua L. Miller, 35, of 4706 East Shelby Rd., Medina. He was charged with 1 count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 2nd degree (Class A II felony), 5 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the 5th degree (Class D felonies), 5 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 5th degree (Class D felonies), 1 count of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the 3rd degree (Class D felony), and 1 count of criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine (Class E felony).

Miller was arraigned in Shelby Town Court by Town Justice Dawn Keppler and committed to the County Jail on $100,000 bail.

Arika Grosskopf, 34, of 20 State St., Middleport. She was charged with 1 count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 2nd degree (Class A II felony), 1 count of unlawful manufacture of a methamphetamine in the 3rd degree (Class D felony), and 1 count of criminal possession of precursors of methampetamine (Class E felony).

Grosskopf was arraigned in Shelby Town Court by Town Justice Dawn Keppler and committed to the County Jail on $10,000 bail.

Shane M. Maynard, 37, 0f 12801 Ridge Rd., Apt. B, in the Town of Gaines. He was charged with 3 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree (Class D felonies), and 3 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree (Class D felonies) as a result of an Orleans County sealed indictment warrant.

Maynard was arraigned in County Court by Judge Punch and committed to the County Jail on $100,000 bail.

The above arrests and search warrants were a culmination of several investigations by the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force over the past 7 months. Several law enforcement agencies assisted the Task Force, including the Greater Rochester Area Narcotics Enforcement Team, the Albion Police Department, the Holley Police Department, the Medina Police Department, the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, the Orleans County Jail, the Genesee County Drug Task Force, the Batavia Police Department, the New York State Police Special Operation Response Team, New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, and the City of Lockport Police Department.

This investigation is ongoing and further arrests are pending, the Task Force reported.