Fulton County

Police: Gloversville drug tip leads to drugs, injured dog

The dog was taken for veterinary care with infected ears, police said
Nelson and Costanzo, top, and Lewis, bottom
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Nelson and Costanzo, top, and Lewis, bottom

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GLOVERSVILLE – A tip sent to Gloversville police this week led to the discovery of drugs and an injured dog, police said.

The tip also led to the arrests of three people, two related to the drugs and the third related to the injured dog, a pit bull puppy with severely infected ears from an apparent illegally conducted “docking” procedure, police said.

The investigation began Tuesday as Gloversville officers received information that a car and several individuals were transporting drugs in the city. Officers set up surveillance on a residence, spotted the vehicle and stopped it after the driver committed a traffic infraction on Thompson Avenue at about 1 p.m., police said.

The driver, identified as Harold Nelson, 27, of New Hartford, Oneida County, was found to be driving with a suspended license, police said. He and a passenger, identified as James Costanzo, 38, of Fultonville, both fled the stop on foot, police said.

Officers followed and found Costanzo in possession of Suboxone, Morphine and a small amount of marijuana, police said. They caught up with Nelson, who then refused to remove his hands from his pants, police said. Officers Tasered him and took him into custody.

Officers then found Nelson in possession of 20 grams of crack cocaine, 50 bags of heroin and about 3 grams of loose heroin. Officers also found him with Suboxone and Morphine pills, police said.

Inside the vehicle, officers then discovered a pit bull puppy, whose ears had been apparently illegally docked, police said. The procedure had left the dog with severely infected ears tied together with a fishing line, police said.

Gloversville Animal Control took the dog for veterinary care and determined the third occupant of the vehicle, Ashley Lewis, 31, of Verona, Oneida County, to be the dog’s owner. Police charged her with cruelty to animals for failing to get the dog care, police said.

Officers then got information linking the group to an Amsterdam home. Amsterdam police responded there and ultimately located “a significant amount of narcotics,” police said.

Nelson faces three counts of  third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, felonies, along with misdemeanor resisting arrest and drug possession. Costanzo,  who also had warrants for his arrest, faces two misdemeanor drug counts and resisting arrest. Lewis only faces the animal cruelty count.

Nelson and Costanzo were arraigned and ordered held without bail. Lewis was arraigned and ordered held on $10,000 bail.

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