PORT JERVIS – On January 4, 2017, members of the Port Jervis City Police Department, assisted by members of the New York State Police, executed a Port Jervis City Court no knock endorsed search warrant at an apartment at 29 Culvert Street in Port Jervis as part of an ongoing investigation into the sales of heroin and controlled substances in Port Jervis and the adjacent communities.
According to detectives, a search of the apartment allegedly yielded an excess of five bundles (52 bags) of the narcotic drug heroin, and an undisclosed amount of United States Currency. A bundle is street slang for ten, individual bags of heroin, said authorities.
Detectives arrested and charged Lance Conklin, age 29, and Jennifer Menzynski, age 28, both residents of the target apartment, with Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class B felony. The charge, according to detectives, alleges that Conklin and Menzynski possessed heroin with the intent to sell.
According to detectives, Conklin is presently under parole supervision with the New York State Division of Parole until December 2019, for a February 2016 conviction out of Orange County Court for Criminal possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree
Conklin and Menzynski were arraigned in Port Jervis City Court before the Honorable James M. Hendry III, City Court Judge. Conklin was remanded on $50,000 cash bail, and Menzynski was remanded on $10,000 cash bail to the custody of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office pending action of the Orange County Grand Jury.
On January 6, 2017, members of the Port Jervis City Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Group executed a Port Jervis City Court no knock endorsed search warrant at the second floor apartment at 126 Ball Street.
The warrant was served as part of an ongoing investigation into the sales of heroin in Port Jervis.
As a result of the search and investigation, police recovered 24.5 grams of alleged pure heroin, Suboxone films, marijuana, and an undisclosed amount of United States Currency, according to authorities.
Police charged apartment resident Keith Nellums, age 30, with one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the third degree and three counts of Criminal possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, class B felony offenses; and Criminally using Drug Paraphernalia in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor. Detectives allege that Nellums possessed in excess of 24 grams of pure, unadulterated heroin with the intent to sell.
Police also charged apartment resident David Gagnon, age 57, with Criminal Nuisance in the first degree, a class E felony. Detectives allege that Gagnon allowed Nellums to stay in the apartment and sell heroin from the apartment in exchange for United States Currency.
The defendants were arraigned in Port Jervis City Court by the Honorable James M. Hendry III, City Court Judge. Gagnon was remanded on $2,500 cash bail and Nellums was remanded without bail to the custody of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office pending action of the Orange County Grand Jury. Under the New York State Criminal Procedure Law a local criminal court may not set bail on a defendant who has two or more prior felony convictions.
Port Jervis Police Chief William Worden said, “We are committed to maintaining strong working relationships with outside agencies, including the New York State Police and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, in an effort to continue the aggressive targeting of drug dealers in the city of Port Jervis. Additionally, I want to praise our neighborhood watch and community groups, and concerned citizens, who provide valuable information to our agency, with the mutual goal reducing the distribution and sales of heroin and other controlled substances in our community.”
Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler said, “I applaud the continued enforcement efforts of the Port Jervis Police Department, and their strong professional relationships with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police. Their combined efforts have made a positive impact upon the quality of life in the City of Port Jervis by targeting narcotic and controlled substances offenses. The seizure of more than twenty four grams of pure heroin is significant. The defendant’s [Nellums] criminal history and amount of heroin seized indicate that he is a predatory drug dealer.”