California man charged with selling drugs at New York State Fair

Geddes, NY – State Police say they arrested a California man selling drugs at the New York State Fair over the weekend.

Brian M. Johnston, 27, of Elk Grove, Calif., was charged on Saturday with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (intent to sell). Both counts are Class B felonies, punishable by up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

Johnston was arrested following an investigation by the New York State Police’s Violent Gang and Narcotics Team into illicit narcotics sales at the fairgrounds, the spokesperson for the state police said. state trooper, Private Jack Keller. State police said Johnston had cocaine and cannabis in his possession and was selling illegal drugs at the fair.

“If you have more than 3 ounces of cannabis, then it’s illegal,” Keller said.

Johnston had 14 grams of cocaine, 5 ounces of cannabis and more than $3,200 in cash when he was arrested, the officer said.

Johnston was sent to the Onondaga County Justice Center until he can be arraigned, according to state police. He was no longer in jail as of Sunday evening, records show.

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