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Oswego County Woman Pleads Guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Alisha Obey, age 35, of Fulton, New York, pled guilty yesterday to unlawfully possessing with the intent to distribute eutylone, a Schedule I controlled substance. 

The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and Kevin Kelly, Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

As part of her guilty plea, Obey admitted that on July 14, 2019, November 8, 2019, and December 3, 2019, she possessed eutylone, which she intended to distribute to customers throughout Oswego County.  Eutylone is a synthetic cathinone and has pharmacological effects on the central nervous system similar to other schedule I or II substances such as cocaine, methamphetamine, and MDMA.

Obey faces up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $1 million, and a term of post-release supervision of at least 3 years and up to life when she is sentenced by Senior United States District Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr. on December 1, 2021.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), and the Oswego County Drug Task Force, comprised of Special Agents of HSI, members of the City of Oswego Police Department, the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office, investigators from the Oswego County District Attorney’s Office, the SUNY Oswego Police Department and agents of the U.S. Border Patrol.  The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Adrian LaRochelle.

Updated July 30, 2021

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