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Mahopac Couple Faces Drug, Child Endangerment Charges After Police Search

Samuel Shuler
Samuel Shuler Photo Credit: Putnam County Sheriff's Office
Leia Randolph
Leia Randolph Photo Credit: Putnam County Sheriffs Office

PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. - A Mahopac couple is facing multiple charges after being busted by police selling drugs out of their home with a 9-month old, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department.

Putnam County Sheriff Donald Smith reported on Friday that 36-year-old Samuel Shuler and 28-year-old Leia Randolph were arrested earlier this month following a search of their home - which is across the street from the Mahopac Middle School campus - for suspected drug activity.

During the search, the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Enforcement Unit and federal probation officers seized more than two pounds of marijuana, along with 9-millimeter pistol amunition, drug packaging materials, scales and an undisclosed amount of cash.

The federal probation officers became involved in the case because Shuler is currently under probation for a previous conviction on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine in 2004.

Police said that during the search, Shuler and Randolph were in the home with their 9-month-old son.

“In light of the illicit drug activity and the drugs found within the home, authorities charged the pair with endangering the welfare of a child,” Smith noted. Following the couple’s arrest, the child was turned over to a relative.

Both Shuler and Randolph were charged with criminal possession of marijuana, a felony and endangering the welfare of a child. Shuler was remanded to the Putnam County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or bond. Randolph posted $20,000 bond and was released on the day of her arrest. Each is due back in court later this year to answer the charges.

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