MAHOPAC – A man and woman are facing drug possession and child endangerment charges after authorities executed a search warrant at their Mahopac home.
Samuel Shuler, 36, and Leia Randolph, 28, were arrested on October 19 when members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Enforcement Unit and federal probation officials conducted a search of their home, located across the street from the entrance to the Mahopac Middletown School campus.
Authorities said they seized more than two pounds of marijuana in the home, along with a quantity of nine-millimeter pistol ammunition, drug packaging materials, scales and cash.
Federal probation officials became involved because Shuler is under probation supervision for a previous conviction on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine in 2004.
At the time of the warrant search, the couple’s nine-month-old son was with them, resulting in the child endangerment charge. The child was temporarily turned over to the care of a relative.
Shuler was sent to the Putnam County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or bond. At the time of the news release on Friday afternoon, he was still incarcerated. Randolph’s bail was set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond. She was released on bond.
The drug charge, criminal possession of marijuana, is felony punishable by up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. The child endangerment charge is a misdemeanor, which carries a penalty of up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.