Anti-Anxiety Drugs, Assault Rifle & Meth Seized in Cortland Raid –

A Cortland woman is facing drug charges following a search at a home on Main Street in the City of Cortland that turned up narcotics and anti-anxiety drugs and an assault rifle.   
The Cortland County Drug Task Force issued a news release announcing 40-year-old Wendy Casewell is accused of having more than $400-worth of illicit drugs in the home. 
According to the authorities, The CCDTF served a narcotics search warrant at the house on Wednesday, October 26 at around four o’clock in the morning. 
During the execution of the warrant, officers say they found the assault rifle along with approximately 3 grams of Fentanyl, one-half gram of methamphetamine, packaging material, scales the prescription pain medication Tramadol, which is often prescribed for pain and reducing inflammation in people and pets and Alprazolam, which is used to reduce anxiety and treat panic disorders. 
Casewell is charged with the Class B felony of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, the Class D felony of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the third degree, the Class E felony Criminal Possession of a Firearm, two Class A misdemeanor counts of Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia (in the second degree) and the Class A misdemeanor of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the fourth degree. 

Casewell was taken to the Cortland County Sheriff’s office for processing and to await arraignment. 
Conviction on the felony drug counts could carry up to 25 years in prison while the weapons charges also carries a possible minimum of seven years in prison as it falls under the classification of a violent felony offense. 


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