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State corrections officer faces drug charges after neighbor overdoses

Robert Garry

A Cheektowaga man who identified himself to police as a state corrections officer was arrested Wednesday after he was accused of supplying illegal narcotics to a neighbor who overdosed and had to be revived by police.

Cheektowaga police said the 24-year-old who overdosed survived and was taken to Saint Joseph’s Hospital.

Police said they received a request for aid about 6 a.m. for a 24-year-old man in an apartment at 80 Charles Street who was suffering from a drug overdose. Police found the man unresponsive when they arrived and administered Narcan, after which he was revived. Following an investigation on the scene, police said they discovered that another man who lived in a lower apartment in the building was the one who had supplied the drugs to the victim, whose name was not released by police. Cheektowaga detectives were called to the scene and a search warrant was signed by Cheektowaga Town Justice Paul Piotrowski to search the premises.

Assistant Police Chief James Speyer said detectives found a bag of cocaine and a hypodermic needle with heroin residue, along with other syringes and drug paraphernalia.

Robert Garry, 38 who resided in the lower apartment was charged with criminal possession of a narcotic with intent to sell, criminal possession of a narcotic drug, two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.

New York employs Robert H. Garry as a state corrections officer at Wyoming Correctional Facility and paid him $71,321 in 2016, according to the website.


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