QUEENSBURY — A town Highway Department worker was arrested last month for allegedly selling marijuana while on duty for the town and driving a town-owned vehicle to the drug deal, police said.
Scott A. Mabb, 53, of Faxon Street, Glens Falls, was charged with third-degree criminal sale of marijuana, a felony, on Aug. 16, after an investigation by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit.
Court records show he sold 25 grams or more of marijuana to a person at 38 Old Cronin Road, which is across the road from the town’s Jenkinsville Road park complex.
“He made a marijuana delivery using a town vehicle,” sheriff’s Lt. Steve Stockdale said.
No other arrests were reported.
Warren County sheriff’s officers did not release details of the case until late this week when The Post-Star inquired about it, because the investigation had been continuing, Stockdale said. That is not unusual in drug cases, as investigators work to gain cooperation from defendants to go up the ladder of drug suppliers.
Town records indicate Mabb was a “supervisor” in the Highway Department as of last year, but his status with the department was unclear as of Friday, as multiple calls to Highway Department administrators were not returned.
Town Supervisor John Strough said the Town Board discussed Mabb’s situation in executive session at a meeting earlier this week. The board urged Highway Superintendent Thomas VanNess to suspend Mabb without pay, pending an investigation by the town, and have him take a drug test. Because VanNess is an elected official, the Town Board’s supervision of him is limited.
Strough said the Town Board had not heard anything official from police about the arrest, but planned to look into it.
“It’s an unusual situation,” he said.
Phone messages left for VanNess, his administrative assistant and Deputy Highway Superintendent David Duell on Friday at their Highway Department offices were not returned.
Stockdale said the Sheriff’s Office policy would be for the agency to notify the highway superintendent of the arrest in the days after it, but he could not confirm Friday whether that had taken place.
Mabb was released, pending prosecution in Queensbury Town Court. His lawyer, William Montgomery, did not respond to a phone call for comment Friday.