Baker's Dozen Arrested in Synthetic Drug Bust

On Thursday,  July 12th,  2018 at approximately 1:40 PM, Detectives assigned to the S.P.D.  Special Investigations Division executed a search warrant at 420  Merriman Avenue.  This search warrant was the result of an  investigation into the sale of illegal drugs in the area.  As a result  of this search warrant, Detectives arrested 13 people for their roles in  this investigation.  Detectives also recovered 53 Phenobarbital  tablets, small amounts of Cocaine and Heroin, 5 grams of Marijuana and  50 grams of Synthetic Cannabinoids during this search warrant.

1-  Kareem F. Beasley, 37 YOA, 3315 S. Salina St., Unlawful Possession of  Marijuana(UPM), Obstructing Governmental administration 2nd  degree and Resisting Arrest.

2-Tyron L. Haynes, 29 YOA, 314 Fitch St., UPM, Criminal Sale of Marijuana 5th  degree, and Possession of Synthetic Cannabinoids.

3-Gregory Shannon, 54 YOA, 420 Merriman Ave.,Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance 5th  and 7th  degrees, Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia, Criminal Sale of an  Imitation Controlled Substance, and Possession of Synthetic  Cannabinoids.

4-Keith A. Trice, 45 YOA, 1332 W. Colvin St., Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th  degree and an unrelated warrant for a Probation violation.

5-Shannon McGraw, 45 YOA, 526 Orwood Pl., Criminal Sale of Marijuana 5th  degree and UPM.

6-George R. Roberts, 51 YOA, 206 Fitch St., Warrant for Possession of Synthetic Cannabinoids.

7-Jovan D. Johnson, 31 YOA, 419 Merriman Ave., Warrant for Possession of Synthetic  Cannabinoids.

8-Jazzmen Burley, 31 YOA, 420 Merriman Ave., Possession of Synthetic Cannabinoids.

9-Kanisha Johnson, 33 YOA, 1720 S. State St., Warrant for Criminal Mischief 4th  degree.

10-Steven Cruz, 24 YOA, 316 Gordon Ave., Possession of Synthetic Cannabinoids.

11-Celestino A. Nieves, 40 YOA, 131 Reed Ave., Possession of Synthetic Cannabinoids.

12-Reginald V. Pettiford, 35 YOA, 1313 Grant Blvd., Possession of Synthetic Cannabinoids.

13-David O. Carroll, 38 YOA, 1721 S. State St., Possession of Synthetic Cannabinoids.

      The Syracuse Police Department was assisted by the Onondaga County  Sheriffs Office, District Attorney’s Office, New York State Police  and the Drug Enforcement Agency in this investigation.


     The Syracuse Police Department continues to ask citizens  to report suspected drug sales.  Information can be submitted  anonymously via the SPD Tips App. or called in to the Special  Investigations Division at (315) 425-1034. 

George R. Roberts, Jovan D. Johnson, Kareem F. Beasley, Gregory Shannon, Kanisha A. Johnson, Keith A. Trice

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