November 28, 2021

Man allegedly received $310K in drugs

A Cortland man was indicted this week on charges he had more than $310,000 in marijuana and cannabis products shipped to him.

A grand jury handed up felony indictments this week in Cortland County Court in that case and in an unrelated drug case.

Michael G. Bay, of 23 Helen Ave., Cortland, was charged with first-degree attempted criminal possession of marijuana and tampering with physical evidence, felonies.

Jalen L. Searight, 24, of 241 McKinley Ave., Syracuse, was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, felonies; third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, a misdemeanor; number plate violation.

Bay was arrested July 23, 2019, after Cortland police intercepted 59 pounds of marijuana and 1,000 THC vape cartridges worth up to $310,000, according to city police.

Police learned that packages with southern California return addresses had been sent to fictitious names at Cortland addresses. The packages were flagged by the delivery agencies.

Police dogs detected controlled substances in three packages, and police obtained a search warrant.

When police searched, they found:

Two packages sent to 53 Clayton Ave. contained 1,000 THC vape cartridges with THC concentrations of more than 80%. Police said 1,000 cartridges have a street value of $40,000 to $50,000.

A package sent to 23 Helen Ave. contained 15 pounds of marijuana, with a street value of between $48,000 and $62,000.

More packages continued to arrive July 23, one sent to 15 Hubbard St. with 20 pounds of marijuana with a street value of between $64,000 to $89,600, another to 23 Helen Ave. containing 15 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $48,000 to $62,000 and another to 10 Duane St. with a street value of $32,000 to $44,800.

In two days, police seized a total of 59 pounds of marijuana and 1,000 vape cartridges with a street value of between $242,000 and $310,000.

Information on Bay’s next appearance was not available.

Searight was arrested at 4:49 p.m. Oct. 4 after police found more than 15 grams of cocaine in his vehicle. Searight was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, felonies; third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, a misdemeanor; and a plate number violation.

Searight was stopped on Port Watson Street, according to police documents. A Cortland police officer then tested a white substance found in the vehicle, which turned out to be crack cocaine. The weight of the recovered cocaine was 15.4 grams, which had a street value of about $1,500.

Details on his next appearance were not available Friday.