One sentenced in County Court in relation to 2011 heroin bust

NORWICH – Chenango County Court this past Monday, Feb. 29, heard a case related to the narcotic drug heroin, stemming from an arrest made in 2011.

Judge Frank B. Revoir Jr. presided over court while First Assistant District Attorney Michael D. Ferrarese was representing the people.

Shinyrra K. Legrand-Thomas, 22, and then only 18, of Syracuse was originally arrested on Dec. 20, of 2011 with the co-defendant Nathaniel Raheem Cosby then 37, also of Syracuse.



Both were taken into custody following a drug bust incident which took place at the Howard Johnson Hotel.

Cosby was originally charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class B felony; unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation; and criminal nuisance in the second degree; as well as false personification, both misdemeanors.

During the booking process, it was alleged that Cosby had earlier identified himself to officers as another individual.

Legrand-Thomas faced similar charges, including two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, unlawful possession of marijuana; and criminal nuisance in the second degree.

Allegedly the Norwich City Police responded to a complaint of an odor of marijuana at the Howard Johnson hotel, meeting Legrand-Thomas in the hallway outside of her first-floor room.

Allegedly according to law enforcement at the scene, Legrand-Thomas stated she was staying at the downtown hotel with her boyfriend, whom she originally identified using a false name. Police then escorted Legrand-Thomas to the couple’s room, where police say she unsuccessfully attempted to open the door using her card key, prompting Cosby, inside the room, to ask if she was alone.


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