Five of six arrested on felony drug charges released

NORWICH Five of the six individuals involved in the drug bust on East Main Street last Friday night, Nov. 27, have been released on their own recognizance following their scheduled Norwich City Court date. Jenkins is the only one who remains incarcerated.

Originally, at approximately 10:09 p.m., the Norwich Police Department received a trespass call from 88 East Main St. in Norwich.

The complainant reported that there were individuals on the second story of the unattached garage of the property without permission to be there.



Following a more in-depth investigation, six individuals were arrested that night on drug related charges.

John E. Strong, 43; Nathaniel J. Jenkins, 31; Cheyenne M. Davenport, 19; Diana R. Essig, 29; Lori M. Brooks, 35; Delta D. Burns, 40; were all originally charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class B felony; criminally using drug paraphernalia in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor; and criminal possession of marijuana in the fifth degree, a class B misdemeanor.

John Strong, the only one of the group facing an additional charge, was charged with criminal nuisance in the first degree, a class E felony. It is alleged that Strong knowingly conducted or maintained a premise where people gathered or came for the purpose of engaging in the unlawful sale of controlled substances.

During the arrests that night, crack, heroin, marijuana, as well as drug paraphernalia were recovered by the NPD.

All six were arraigned in Norwich City Court early last Saturday morning, Nov. 28.

Davenport, Brooks, Strong, and Burns were remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility in lieu of $20,000 cash bail.

Delta Burns chose to post bond and therefore was released from the CCCF on Dec. 1, 2015 at approximately 6:40 p.m.

Jenkins and Essig were remanded to the CCCF without bail. Due to having prior felonies on their records, Chenango County Court is required to set bail if it is deemed necessary at the time.


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