Dundee woman charged with drug possession, sale

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

A Dundee woman was arrested Friday by Yates County Sheriff Investigators after she allegedly sold fentanyl and oxycodone to a police agent.

Michelle Gause, 27, 5790 Route 14A Dundee was charged with two counts each of third degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike reports that investigators Patrick Manahan, Scott Backer and Todd Sotir arrested Gause following an investigation that began last summer. Gause was arraigned in Milo Town Court and remanded to Yatees County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond. She will appear in Penn Yan Village Court.

Spike says the prevalent prescription drugs abused are oxycontin, vicodin, fentanyl, and a new pain medicine called opana (oxymorphone).

Spike adds, “The Sheriff’s CID (Criminal Investigation Division), supervised by Lt. Todd Sotir works closely with the Penn Yan Police and other agencies in the investigation of illegal drug activity and I urge anyone to report suspected illegal drug activity by calling anonymously the tip hotline at 315-536-5558 or call 911.

Spike notes taht from Oct. 1, 2010 through March 31, 2011 the sheriff's office has handled 44 drug possession cases and 13 drug sale cases. During the same period from Oct. 2009 to March 2010, the agency handled 18 drug possession cases and nine drug sale cases.

“The abuse and illegal sale of prescription medicine is still the prevalent problem, as marijuana possession remains constant, yet it is most disturbing to see the presence of heroin being sold in our community as evidenced by recent arrests,” said Spike.