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Otsego County Man Arrested on Multiple Drug and Weapon Charges

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The Otsego County Sheriff yesterday arrested a New Lisbon man on drugs and weapons charges. He had also been previously arrested by his parole officer and issued a ticket by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation police.

Charles O’Brian Hall, 25, of Edmeston, Otsego County, was reported to be involved in suspicious activity via information left on the Chenango Sheriff’s Tip Line in late December, 2013. This sparked an investigation. Parole officers in Utica and probation officers in Cooperstown were also tipped off.

On January 9th of this year the Otsego’s Sheriff’s Office, along with K9 Ricky, and a parole officer, conducted a search of Hall’s home. Allegedly found during the search were: $1,200 worth of cocaine, four grams of psilocybin mushrooms, eleven Suboxone films, a bottle of liquid steroids, Oxycodone and Oxycontin pills, $500 worth of heroin, 16 amphetamine capsules, $300 worth of marijuana, two Butterfly knives, digital scales and drug packaging supplies, a rifle and ammunition, a chainsaw and leaf blower that are believed to have been previously stolen from the Jellystone Campground, and an untagged female deer that was hanging in the garage.

The marijuana is believed to belong to Misty Mojica, 31, of New Berlin, Chenango County, who was visiting at the time of the search. Mojica was issued an appearance ticket. Hall was issued a ticket by the DEC police for possessing an untagged female deer. He was also arrested by the parole officer for violating parole and was incarcerated without bail.

Yesterday, the Otsego Sheriff’s Office arrested Hall and charged him with: one count each of criminal possession of a controlled substance, 3rd and 4th degrees, both felonies; criminal possession of a weapon 4th degree and criminally using drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.

He was arraigned in the Town of New Lisbon Court and sent back to the correctional facility on $25,000 bail. If convicted Hall faces up to 12 years in prison due to a previous felony conviction. District Attorney John Muehl will prosecute the case.

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