MAHOPAC, N.Y.— A Mahopac couple are facing drug possession and child endangerment charges after police executed a search warrant at their Baldwin Place Road home and discovered a large quantity of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, cash and pistol ammunition.      

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department reported that Samuel L. Shuler, 36, and Leia A. Randolph, 28, were arrested Thursday, Oct. 19, when members of the department’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU) and federal probation officials conducted a search of their home, which is located across the street from the entrance to the Mahopac Middle School campus. Police said they found more than 2 pounds of marijuana in the home, along with a quantity of 9-millimeter pistol ammunition, drug packaging materials, scales and cash. 

Authorities obtained the search warrant following an NEU investigation into suspected illegal drug activity by Shuler and Randolph at the home. The federal probation officials became involved in the case because Shuler is under probation supervision for a previous conviction on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine back in 2004.

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At the time of the search, Shuler and Randolph were in the home, and with them was the couple’s 9-month-old son. Because of the illicit drug activity and the drugs found within the home, authorities charged the couple with endangering the welfare of a child.  After the couple’s arrest, the child was temporarily turned over to the care of a relative. 

The defendants were arraigned before Carmel Town Justice Joseph Spofford. Shuler was ordered remanded to the county jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or bail bond; he remained held in the jail as of Friday, Oct. 27.  Randolph’s bail was set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bail bond. Police said she posted the bond and was released later on the day of her arrest. 

The drug charge—second-degree criminal possession of marijuana—is a class D felony punishable by up to four years in jail and a fine of up to $5,000 upon conviction. The child endangerment charge is a class A misdemeanor, which carries a penalty of up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.