All press is good press, or so the saying goes -- but not so at SUNY Delhi this week, where news of several student drug arrests follows closely on the heels of a bomb hoax that evacuated the tallest building in Delaware County on Tuesday.
Delaware County sheriff's deputies have arrested three SUNY Delhi students on drug charges this week. One student faces only a minor charge of possession of marijuana, a violation under New York State law. Two others face more serious felony charges of selling or intending to sell drugs.
On Monday, county sheriff's deputies arrested 19-year-old Gregory J. Nielsen of Port Jefferson, New York, after executing a search warrant in the village of Delhi and finding cocaine, marijuana, digital scales and cash. Nielsen is accused of possessing cocaine with intent to sell, and faces a charge of third-degree possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony. Police say additional charges will be filed.
Sheriff's deputies were aided in the investigation by the Delaware County Probation Department and the Village of Delhi Police.
On Tuesday, investigators from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division arrested 21-year-old Shawn Pressly of the Bronx, after seizing nearly a pound of marijuana, digital scales, packaging material and about $1800 from Pressly.
Pressly is accused of selling marijuana in excess of 4 ounces in the village of Delhi. He faces a charge of second-degree criminal sale of marijuana, a class D felony. Police say he may face additional charges.
Another student was arrested at the same time on a minor marijuana possession charge, and issued a ticket returnable to the Town of Delhi Court.
Aiding in the investigation resulting in Pressly's arrest were Village of Delhi Police and SUNY Delhi University Police.
Both Nielsen and Pressly were arraigned in the Town of Delhi Court and remanded to the Delaware County Correctional Facility -- Nielsen on $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond, and Pressly on $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.