Oneida Man Charged with Alleged Drug Possession

On January 21st, Officer Brett Bond, with the Oneida Police Department, was dispatched to the Big South Fork Medical Center to investigate a complaint of suspicious people in the parking lot.  Upon arrival, a white Dodge was leaving the medical center.  Employees in the parking lot stated to Officer Bond that the white Dodge was the vehicle with the suspicious persons in it.  Officer Bond located the vehicle a few minutes later on the four-lane section of Oneida and conducted a traffic stop at the Big Orange Country Store.  The driver, identified as Zachary Daniels, and the lone passenger was the vehicle’s registered owner, Sierra Hamby, both stated to Officer Bond that they had gone to the hospital to pick up a friend named Billy but could not recall his last name.  The couple also stated they dropped him off a couple of streets north of the hospital.  Officer Bond asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle.  Daniels stated that he had some meth “in her bag.”  Officer Bond asked for consent to search the vehicle and verbal consent was given.  In the passenger compartment Officer Bond found a small denim bag containing two baggies containing a white crystalline substance, digital scales, small empty baggies, and a meth pipe.  Daniels was arrested and charged with Possession of a Schedule II Drug for Resale and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.