Suspicious Activity Leads to Illegal Drugs and Gun Arrest

City of Syracuse, New YorkThe Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office reports that Deputies investigating suspicious activity discover Syracuse man in possession of illegal drugs and handgun.

On Friday, August 14th, at approximately 6:40 P.M., Deputies assigned to the Gun Involved Violence Elimination unit (GIVE), observed suspicious vehicles along with suspicious activity in a parking lot in the 100 block of Court Street. Upon further investigation, Deputies observed illegal drugs in plain view inside one of the vehicles, which was occupied by a male identified as 38 year old Joshua Messano of Syracuse. A subsequent search of the vehicle and Messano revealed 6.39 grams of cocaine, approximately $1100 in cash and loaded Polymer 80 9mm handgun (Ghost Gun). Deputies arrested and charged Messano with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the second and third degree.

Messano, a third time convicted felon, was arraigned in Centralized Arraignment Court and is currently being held without bail.

*Ghost Guns* are unserialized and untraceable firearms that can be bought online and assembled at home.