Esperance resident arrested on drug, counterfeit and weapons charges

A 21-year-old Esperance man has been charged with multiple felonies after State Police discovered drugs, explosives and counterfeit money in his home last Thursday.

Ethan A. Vanvalen, was arrested after police discovered 500 ecstasy tablets, 14 ounces of marijuana, counterfeit currency and an M-1000 firecracker in his home on Charleston Street, according to a New York State Police press release. A M-1000, also known as a "quarter stick," is an extremely powerful and dangerous bootleg firecracker, banned under federal explosives law.

The State Police Bomb Disposal Unit was brought to the house to remove the firecracker.

Police were acting on a tip from the community and used a search warrant to enter Vanvalen’s home, the press release said.

Vanvalen was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, criminal possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a forged instrument in the first degree, all felonies.

Vanvalen was arraigned in the town of Cobleskill court and was remanded to the Schoharie County Sheriff’s Office without bail.