CORNING - Thirty-six suspected drug dealers have been arrested for allegedly selling methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, crack cocaine or other drugs.

Operation Fall Cleanup - a multi-police agency drug enforcement effort that spread across Steuben County, started about four months with information generated by Bath Village Police Department Investigator Colin Taft, according to Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker.

“With the assistance of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department, the Corning City Police Department and the New York State Police 36 arrests were able to be made so far starting in mid-September,” Baker said. “Also involved were the Canisteo Police Department and the Hornell City Police Department.”
 
Baker called the Operation Fall Cleanup a county-wide effort of information sharing between police departments.

“Exactly what we have been touting for so long,” Baker said. “How we can combat drugs in Steuben County without creating a task force and without overtaxing taxpayers.”

Baker said the arrests were possible from the information that Taft’s investigation developed.

“One case led to information on another case which again led to information for another case,” Baker said. “Each case led to another piece of information that (police) could be put together that led to enforcement and arrests across Steuben County.”

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard said deputies and investigators arrested 13 people, from Sept. 14, to Thursday that alleged to have been engaged in illegally selling and distributing narcotics in Steuben County.

Allard said all 13 were arrested due to active sealed indictment bench warrants stemming from an investigation of illicit narcotics sales in Steuben County.

Bath Village Police Chief Chad Mullen thanked Taft, and all local police departments involved in the cleanup for their work that led to the arrests.

The investigation was conducted by investigators of the Bath Village Police Department, District Attorney’s Office, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Corning Police Department as part of the Steuben County Drug Initiative.

“This was a tremendous effort,” Baker said. “(The police departments) utilized every possible resource and methodology. Once we got the information, police worked as a team to figure out what was the best way to go after each individual case. We utilized surveillance of phone calls, search warrants, evidence collection, cooperating civilians, intelligence from police officers on the streets.”

Baker said all of these resources made these arrests possible.

“It was a massive effort to put all of these cases together,” Baker said. “It does not represent a single enterprise, we just didn’t bring down the Gambino Family of Steuben County, but all of these people are related and connected somehow by information that was shared across all of these agencies and across all of Steuben County.”

Baker said the investigation is ongoing and Steuben County has current arrest warrants for additional drug dealers here in Steuben County. The current arrests occurred in Lindley, Wayland, Avoca, the Village of Bath, the Village of Canisteo and Town of Corning.

“None of these defendants are accused of selling drugs within the City of Corning,” said Corning City Police Chief Jeff Spaulding. “But an overwhelming majority of them frequent Corning. We utilized our resources from the Corning Police Department to participate in investigations in the Town of Corning, and all of the townships from there to the Town of Bath, including the Village of Bath. Because the drugs that are going on here in Bath, Hornell and Savona, are the same drugs and drug dealers that are coming to the City of Corning.”

The following people were arrested during the Steuben County Operation Fall Cleanup. No information was provided about four of the arrests in which the defendants are being held in other counties, and photos were not available for some of those arrested. (available mug shots are on Page A8)

• David C. Conklin, 41, of Robie St., Bath, was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

• Tami L. Conklin, 40, of Robie St., Bath, was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

• Leo J. Lafave, 22, of Colonial Lawns, Bath, was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

• Nathaniel J. Conrad, 28, formerly of Gulf View Drive, Bath, and currently of Wayland, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal sale of a controlled substance.

• William S. Landsborough, 35, of W. Washington St. Extension, Bath, was charged with fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

• Steven P. Mitchell, 34, of Geneva St., Bath, was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

• Carlos J. Gomez, 43, of 56 Liberty St., Bath, was charged with two counts of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was also charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

• Matthew R. Houston, 26, currently an inmate at Willard Correctional Facility and formerly of 56 Liberty St., Bath, was charged with fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Houston was on New York State Parole for narcotics charges at the time of his sale charges and was returned to jail for not meeting the terms of his parole and was serving his violation at the time of arrest.

• Mickey C. Pike, 30, of Prattsburgh, but at the time of the investigation, E. William St., Bath, was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

• Terralynn Yarrison, 35, of Buell St., Bath, was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

• Tony A. Cole, 26, of 18 W. Steuben St., Bath, was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Incident to arrest and search Cole was found to be in a quantity of cocaine and subsequently charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

• Annette C. Romance, 50, of Redding, Calif., was charged on a full United States extradition warrant for second-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class A-II felony and second-degree conspiracy.

• Clyde L. Dicus, 46, of Redding, Calif., was charged on a full United States extradition warrant for second-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class A-II felony and second-degree conspiracy.

• Keith C. Graves, 60, of Buell St., Bath, was charged with two counts of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. A further investigation and search led to over 10 grams of crystal meth and several grams of cocaine inside his residence. Graves was then charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.

• Jennifer M. Schwan, 35, formerly of Gansevoort St., Bath, was charged with fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

• Codie I. Mathews, 26, of Belfast St., Bath, was charged with unlawful disposition of an assault weapon, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and criminal disposal of a weapon, all class D felonies.

• Jamar Wright, age 37, of Lorenzo Ave., Rochester, was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

• Tina M. Mackenzie, 50, of Michigan Street, Wayland, was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

• Joshua M. Vreeland, 33, of Bailey Creek Road, Corning, was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

• Robert L. Tyler, 46, of Morton Road, Almond, was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

• Jeremy J. Johnson, 40, of North Main Street, Kanona, was charged with fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

• Eric M. Manners, 57, of Michigan Street, Wayland, was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. Mr. Manners was remanded to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.

• Graig R. Forsythe, 39, of County Route 90, Wayland, was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

• Matthew L. Weaver, 41 of State Route 54, Bath, was charged with fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

• David C. Conklin, Jr., 41, of Spaulding Drive, Bath, was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

• Avirn Parnell, 32, of Strathmore Circle, Rochester, was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

• Nishala S. Flowers, 26 of East Main Street, Rochester, was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

• Michael R. Landreth was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

• Michael G. Landreth was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

• Taylor King was charged with third-and-fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree conspiracy.

• Christopher Elliott was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.