Drug felonies top grand jury indictments

NORWICH – The Chenango County grand jury met Wednesday and handed up several indictments involving drug crimes.

At the proceedings, the District Attorney’s Office presents evidence against those they wish to prosecute and the jury decides if there is enough reasonable cause to charge a person.

Only individuals charged with a felony appear before the grand jury and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

• David A. Cahlill, 39, 4 Lee Ave. Norwich, was indicted for third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony, and first degree criminal nuisance, a class E felony.

Norwich City Police and New York State Troopers arrested Cahill and, Rachael A. Cummings, 21, also of 4 Lee Ave. on charges of trafficking heroin at their residence Sept. 30.

Police forced their way into the home at 7:50 a.m. after Cahill’s three children, ages 5, 7 and 9, boarded the bus for school.

Police allegedly seized nine individually-wrapped packages of heroin stamped with the words “Game Over” on them.

Cahill and Cummings had identical charges filed against but only Cahill has so far appeared before the grand jury.

First Assistant District Attorney Stephen Dunshee said at a prior court hearing that Cahill had past arrests in his home state of Connecticut for multiple drug-related offenses, including sale and possession. Dunshee also said Cahill’s past acts in the state included fleeing and fighting with police.

Cahill is currently at the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $50,000 cash bail. Cummings is at the facility on $25,000 cash bail. In an earlier bail hearing, District Attorney Joseph McBride said he would be open to lowering the bail if she decided to cooperate with police.

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