GROVELAND- Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports felony drug charges for a Steuben County man after a traffic stop and investigation on Interstate 390.
On May 21, 2019 Deputy Shawn Whitford was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Operation Safe Interstate initiative when he stopped a vehicle for a violation of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law. During the course of the traffic stop a passenger in the vehicle, Nathan R. Osmin, age 31
from Canisteo, was found to be in possession of a hypodermic instrument. Osmin was taken into custody for this charge and placed in a patrol vehicle.
As the investigation continued, a needle cap and a baggie containing suspected narcotics were found on the floor of the patrol vehicle next to Osmin. Osmin did admit that the drugs were his and that he had disposed of the items as he did not want to be caught bringing them into the jail. The drugs were field tested and showed positive for fentanyl.
Osmin was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree (class A misdemeanor), Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree (class B felony) for possessing 2.6 grams of fentanyl with intent to sell, Tampering with Physical Evidence (class E felony) and Criminally Possessing a Hypodermic Instrument (class A misdemeanor).
Osmin was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The District Attorney’s Office was contacted for a bail recommendation relating to the felony charges; a recommendation of $2500 cash or $5000 bond was given.
Osmin was arraigned in the Livingston County Central Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail by the Town of North Dansville Justice David Werth. The Judge followed the recommendation of the DA’s Office and set bail at $2500 cash or $5000 bond.