Dana C. Horning, 22, of 19 E. 11th Ave., Apartment 3, and Cedric D. Jennings, 22, of 15 First Ave., Apartment 1, were both charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and intent to sell, a class B felony, by city police on Tuesday around 12:20 p.m. following the execution of a search warrant at Horning’s address.
The search warrant for the East Eleventh Avenue apartment was issued in connection with an ongoing investigation into the sale of heroin and Fentanyl in the city and was carried out by city police in conjunction with the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team and the New York State Police Special Operations Response Team.
According to a police press release, the search of the apartment uncovered a large quantity of Fentanyl that was packaged for sale and Horning and Jennings were located by police in the residence at that time.
Lt. Brad Schaffer said today that the Fentanyl that was recovered by police was clandestine in its origin and was not prescription.
“There was a quantity that was consistent with and packaged in a manner consistent with sale for the substance,” Schaffer said. “It was not prescription or patches.”
Schaffer also declined to comment on the quantity found or its street value.
Both Horning and Jennings were taken into custody and charged in connection with the discovered drugs.
Horning and Jennings were arraigned in City Court and remanded to Fulton County Correctional Facility. Both are being held on $5,000 cash or $25,000 bail bond.
The active investigation into both Horning and Jennings and the sale of heroin and Fentanyl in the city is ongoing.
Schaffer said Horning and Jennings will likely face additional charges in connection with the larger investigation, but declined to comment further on the level of their involvement saying they were arrested at this time due to their presence in the apartment when the search warrant was executed.
“The scope of the investigation is significantly larger than just the scope of the search warrant on Tuesday,” Schaffer said.
Schaffer added that police are currently working with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office for the presentation of a criminal case to a grand jury.
“We are in the process of scheduling some dates for grand jury in the near future as soon as the district attorney is able to accommodate us,” Schaffer said.