10 charged in Broome County meth investigation

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ENDICOTT (WBNG) — New York State Police say ten people were arrested following a lengthy investigation into the sale of crystal meth in Broome County.

According to police, the Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, members from State Police Troop C, State Police Special Operations Response Team, Endicott Police Department and the Broome County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at a home on Arthur Avenue in Endicott last Tuesday.

Troopers say they arrested eight people who were inside the home and two others during a traffic stop related to the investigation.

Police say a search in the home led to the seizure of approximately one ounce of crystal meth, suboxone, a 38-caliber handgun, an illegal knife, various controlled substance medications, digital scales and packaging materials.

Paul Panella, 54, Endicott

  • Criminal possession of a controlled substance, third degree (intent to sell), felony
  • Three counts, criminal possession of a controlled substance, seventh degree, misdemeanor
  • Two counts, criminal use of drug paraphernalia, second degree, misdemeanor

Elizabeth Bickham, 19, Endicott

  • Criminal possession of a controlled substance, third degree (intent to sell), felony
  • Criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth degree, felony
  • Criminal use of drug paraphernalia, second degree, misdemeanor
  • Criminal possession of a weapon, fourth degree, misdemeanor
  • Loitering, first degree, misdemeanor
    *Bickham was also wanted on two separate warrants.

Anthony Jefferson, 32, Endicott

  • Six counts, criminal possession of a controlled substance, seventh degree, misdemeanor
  • Criminal use of drug paraphernalia, second degree, misdemeanor
  • Loitering, first degree, misdemeanor

Emilio Sees, 29, Endicott

  • Six counts, criminal possession of a controlled substance, seventh degree, misdemeanor
  • Criminal use of drug paraphernalia, second degree, misdemeanor
  • Loitering, first degree, misdemeanor

Anthony Kormos, 28, Apalachin

  • Six counts, criminal possession of a controlled substance, seventh degree, misdemeanor
  • Criminal use of drug paraphernalia, second degree, misdemeanor
  • Loitering, first degree, misdemeanor
  • *Kormos was found to be in violation of parole and also wanted on a felony warrant.

Amber Garnier, 29, Endicott

  • Criminal nuisance, first degree, felony

Corey Allan, 25, Whitney Point

  • Six counts, criminal possession of a controlled substance, seventh degree, misdemeanor
  • Loitering, first degree, misdemeanor

Gypzy Varga, 35, Endicott

  • False personation, misdemeanor
  • Loitering, first degree, misdemeanor

Before the search warrant was executed, investigators say surveillance observed a vehicle leave the home on Arthur Avenue then park down the street. As Troopers approached the vehicle, the driver exited the vehicle and attempted to toss meth.

Police say driver, identified as Matthew Wood, was arrested. Officials say the passenger, McKenna Westgate, was also arrested.

Troopers say they found approximately 3.5 ounces of meth, suboxone, packaging material and digital scales in the vehicle.

Matthew Wood, 34, Endicott

  • Criminal possession of a controlled substance, first degree, felony
  • Criminal possession of a controlled substance, third degree (intent to sell), felony
  • Tampering with evidence, felony
  • Two counts, criminal use of drug paraphernalia, second degree, misdemeanor
  • Two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, seventh degree, misdemeanor
    *Wood was also wanted on a felony warrant.

McKenna Westgate, 21 Vestal

  • Criminal possession, of a controlled substance, second degree, felony
    Criminal possession of a controlled substance, third degree (intent to sell), felony
    Two counts, criminal use of drug paraphernalia, second degree, misdemeanor

According to state police, Wood, Westgate, Panella and Bickham were arraigned on the charges and sent to the Broome County Jail without bail.

Authorities say Kormos was released on appearance tickets returnable to the village of Endicott Court then turned over to the Johnson City Police Department to answer to his warrant charges.

Jefferson, Sees, Garnier, Allan and Varga were all released on appearance tickets, according to police.

Nicky Hickling

Nicky Hickling

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