A total of ten people were arrested in Endicott, New York on March 5th after a traffic stop that yielded a discovery of meth turned into a bust at a local residence. Members of the New York State Police Narcotics Enforcement Team along with the Broome County drug investigators and the Endicott Police Department executed a search warrant on a residence located on Arthur Avenue in Endicott where eight people were arrested on meth-related charges.
Prior to the bust, two people were arrested after one of the occupants of the vehicle threw out a bag of meth upon being approached by state troopers. The traffic stop resulted in the arrest of the driver, 34-year-old Matthew C. Wood of Endicott and his passenger, 21-year-old McKenna Westgate of Vestal, New York. Along with meth, police were able to seize undisclosed amounts of suboxone, packaging materials and scales.
Wood was charged with counts of first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and tampering with physical evidence. These are all considered felonies in the state of New York. Wood was also charged with misdemeanor counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Westgate was charged with felony counts of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and misdemeanor criminal use of paraphernalia. Both are currently being held in the Broome County Jail until further court action is taken.
During the subsequent search on Arthur Avenue, police seized one ounce of crystal methamphetamine. Also seized were suboxone, an illegal knife, a .38 caliber handgun, various prescription drugs, digital scales, and packaging materials for drugs. Of the eight arrested, six of them have been charged with drug crimes such as third-degree possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree possession of a controlled substance, and seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance along with other crimes.
The eight that were arrested were as follows:
- Paul R. Panella, 54, of Endicott
- Elizabeth D. Bickman, 19, of Endicott
- Anthony C. Jefferson, 32, of Endicott
- Emilio L. Sees, 29, of Endicott
- Anthony Kormos, 28, of Apalachin
- Amber K. Garnier, 29, of Endicott
- Corey M. Allan, 25, of Whitney Point
- Gypzy M. Varga, 35, of Endicott
Police have added that Bickman was wanted on two separate warrants while Kormos faces a parole violation due and a felony warrant. Panella and Bickman were sent to the Broome County Jail, while Kormos was summoned but was turned over to police in nearby Johnson City, New York. The rest were summoned to appear in Endicott Village Court.