You don’t know what you might find for sale at the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse and not all of it is legal.

Among the livestock, concerts, thrill rides, cotton candy, spiedies and Gianelli Sausage booths, New York State Police say they have, unfortunately, been looking for people looking to sell illegal drugs at the exposition in Geddes.

On Saturday, August 27, Troopers say they arrested a California man for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance on the grounds of the New York State Fair.

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The authorities say they arrested 27-year-old Brian Johnston of Elk Grove during an investigation that is being conducted by the New York State Police Violent Gang and Narcotics Team (VGNET) into illicit narcotic sales on the grounds of the New York State Fair.

According to a news release issued by officials in the Troop D Oneida Barracks, which headquartered in Oneida but includes Onondaga County, authorities found the California man in possession of 14 grams of cocaine, five ounces of cannabis and over $3,200 in U.S. currency, suspected to be the proceeds of the sale of illicit narcotics.

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Johnston is charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance (in the third degree, which is a Class B felony) and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance (in the third degree) with the intent to sell (which is another Class B felony).

Johnston’s trip to the New York State Fair was replaced by a trip to the Onondaga County Justice Center.  The Elk Grove man at the time the release was issued was awaiting centralized arraignment.

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