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The Times
  • Five arrested in counterfeit money, prescription medication case

  • Five Little Falls males have been arrested as a result of an investigation involving counterfeit money and illegal sales of prescription medication.

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  • Five Little Falls males have been arrested as a result of an investigation involving counterfeit money and illegal sales of prescription medication.
    •Jesse A. Palmer, 17, of 25 Jackson St., was charged with one count of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument for allegedly possessing counterfeit money.
    •Jesse M. Mclain, 23, of 216 Loomis St., was charged with two counts of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument for allegedly possessing counterfeit money.
    •Eric S. Ostasz, 23, of 35 Loomis St., was charged with one count of fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for allegedly illegally selling prescription medications.
    •Jeffrey A. Nichols, 29, of 85 N. William St., was charged with one count of fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for allegedly illegally selling prescription medications.
    •Joseph C. Watson, 35, of 24 King St., was charged with one count of fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for allegedly illegally selling prescription medications, and one count of making a punishable false written statement for allegedly giving a false statement to police.
    Mclain, Ostasz and Palmer were arraigned in Little Falls City Court and were remanded to the Herkimer County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bail bond. Nichols was arraigned in city court and was sent to county jail on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.
    Watson was arraigned in city court and released on his own recognizance.
    Sergeant Ron Petrie conducted the three-week investigation.
    The details of the investigation were not released, however, additional charges are pending.
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