ITHACA, N.Y.—The Ithaca Police Department has announced the arrest of one man in connection with a long-term drug trafficking investigation along the 100 block of West State Street.

Police announced that on Wednesday, Feb. 17, they observed Shawn Payne, 36, of Ithaca, walking on South Cayuga Street. They said that Payne was wanted for breaking his parole and was subsequently arrested. Once arrested, the police found Payne with 1.44 oz of “suspected heroin,” .74 oz of “suspected crack cocaine” and over $4,000.

A search of Payne’s residence afterwards revealed more narcotics and “items consistent with drug sales.” He was remanded on the parole warrant and charged Friday with two counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for possessing a narcotic of more than one half ounce. He is still being held at Tompkins County Jail.

“Based on numerous complaints from the community about drug trafficking in the 100 block of W. State Street, the Ithaca Police Department has been conducting an investigation over the past several months regarding drug activity in the area,” police said. “Payne’s arrested on new charges was a result of this investigation.”

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com