ITHACA, N.Y. — A man was taken into custody after Ithaca police say he had drugs and a large amount of cash at The Rescue Mission on Friday.

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Ian M. Neville, 45,  is charged with felonies for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.


Police said they executed  a search warrant at The Rescue Mission after a multi-agency investigation into the sale of drugs, specifically heroin, in the city of Ithaca.

The following is a news release about the incident: 

On 03/25/16 at approximately 1:45pm a search warrant was served at 618 W. State St. #2, (The Rescue Mission), by members of the Ithaca Police Dept. Special Investigations Unit assisted by members of the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Dept. and State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team.

The search warrant was the result of an investigation surrounding the sale of narcotics, specifically heroin, in the City of Ithaca.

As a result of the search warrant, Ian M. Neville(06/26/70) of 618 W. State St. #2 was charged with Criminal possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. Both the criminal charges are class B felonies under the Penal Law of New York.

Seized during the course of the search warrant were the following:

-Prescription drugs packaged in a way that is consistent for sale.

-An amount of Heroin that was packaged in a way which is consistent for sale.

-An amount of cash which exceeded $1900.00.

-Property which had been reported as stolen.

-Materials that are typically used to package narcotics for sale.

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Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.