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3 charged in Oneida heroin bust

Three people are under arrest after a heroin bust in Oneida on Wednesday evening.
Oneida (WSYR-TV) – Three people are under arrest after a heroin bust in Oneida on Wednesday evening.

In addition to drug related charges, the trio is facing child endangerment allegations. Police say children ranging in ages from 1 to 6 years old were around when the suspects were selling heroin.

The suspects were arrested after police searched a residence on North Lake Street in the city of Oneida.

Jonathan Harp, 28, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and conspiracy in the fourth degree, both felonies, along with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Matthew Petzoldt, 29, was charged with conspiracy in the fourth degree, a felony, and five counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Michelle Jones, 23, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and five counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Police say Harp had 9.2 grams of heroin, which they say is worth $3,000. They believe Harp and Petzoldt were going to sell the heroin.

Harp was arraigned in Oneida City Court and taken to the Madison County Jail to be held in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond. He is scheduled to return to court on Oct. 5.

The children were placed with a relative and Madison County Child Protective Services assisted.

Police say more arrests and charges are pending.

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