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Drug Task Force nets 17 in big bust: Pot, heroin, meth, cocaine, crack linked to Plattsburgh-area arrests PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOE LoTEMPLIO, Staff Writer   
Thursday, December 14, 2006

ARRESTED

Here's a list of the suspects arrested in Wednesday's drug bust and their charges:
Simone R. Clinton, 21, 25 McCarthy Drive, Plattsburgh: two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon (handgun) and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, all felonies. Bail is $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond. Due in court Jan. 4, 2007.
Andrew G. Ouellett, 68, 1 Smart Road, Plattsburgh: three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felony charges. Bail: $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond. Due in court Feb. 14, 2007.
Mark Scarder, 25, 3319 Church Ave., Brooklyn: second-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felony charges. Bail: $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond.
Bambi L. Thompson, 21, 6487 Route 22, Plattsburgh: three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance; three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and and fourth-degree conspiracy, all felonies. Bail: $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond.
Jamel Newsome, 27, 8 Macomb St., Plattsburgh: two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felony charges. Bail: $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond. Due in court Monday.
William Knight, 33, Champlain Street, Plattsburgh: two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felony charges. Bail: $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond. Due in court Feb. 9, 2007.
Monyette Clark, 23, of Lake Placid: two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felony charges. Bail: $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.
Jeffery P. Lavalley, 28, 10 Macomb St., Plattsburgh: three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felony charges. Bail: $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond. Due in court Feb. 9, 2007.
Debra Kellas, 51, 69 Maryland Road, Plattsburgh: two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felony charges. Bail: $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.
Eric J. Buckpitt, 20, 594 Rand Hill Road, Plattsburgh: third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felony charges. Bail: $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond. Due in court: Feb. 14, 2007.
Jessie L Blakesley, 22, of 26 City Hall Place, Plattsburgh: third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fourth-degree conspiracy, all felonies. Bail: $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond. Due in court: Feb. 14, 2007.
Jessie P. Moreno, 25, of 26 City Hall Place, Plattsburgh: third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fourth-degree conspiracy, all felonies. Bail: $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond. Due in court: Feb. 14, 2007,
Zhary A. Piper, 21, 2582 Kingston Ave., Brooklyn: fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. In County Jail, awaiting arraignment.
Matthew Haddock, 20, of 135 Brinkerhoff St., Plattsburgh: third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies. Bail: $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond. Due in court: Feb. 9, 2007.
Michael A. Lilledahl, 36, of Plattsburgh: third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies, and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operator. Bail: $10,000 cash or $5,000 bond. Due in court: Feb. 9, 2007.
Michael C Burrell, 20, of 20 Doty Lane, Keeseville: third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony. Bail: $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond. Due in court: Feb. 9, 2007.
James Kennedy III, 21, of Cadyville: third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony. Released on $2,500 cash bail. Due in court: Jan. 4, 2007.



PLATTSBURGH — Area law-enforcement agencies rounded up 17 people early Wednesday morning and charged them with numerous drug-related crimes.



Most of the accused live in and around Plattsburgh and are suspected of dealing marijuana, heroin, methamphetamines, cocaine and crack.



Police started the sweep around 5:30 a.m., catching many of the suspects in their pajamas.



"None of these people thought they were going to be arrested today," State Police Capt. Robert LaFountain said at a news conference.



"But we know who they are, and we know others out there who will be arrested."



The State Police, the City of Plattsburgh Police Department, the Clinton County Sheriff's Department, the U.S. Border Patrol and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration comprise the Adirondack Drug Task Force.



DEA Resident Agent in Charge James T. Farnsworth said the arrests came after months of investigation and surveillance.



He said it is becoming more common for people from the New York City area to move to the North Country to sell drugs because they can fetch a higher price here.



"It's very profitable for them," Farnsworth said.



City Police Chief Desmond Racicot said staying on top of the drug situation in Plattsburgh is a constant vigil.



"The drugs keep coming, and we keep knocking them down."



The effect of drug dealers is not just felt on the streets.



Clinton County Sheriff David Favro said about 85 percent of all inmates at the County Jail are incarcerated for some kind of substance-abuse-related crime.



He said the county is mandated to house, feed and provide medical care for those inmates.



"Taking care of these people is very costly to the taxpayers and labor intensive."



Racicot said people involved in drugs often commit other crimes to support their habit or because they are messed up.



"People should be alarmed about this (drug dealing), but that's what we are here for."



He noted that one of those arrested Wednesday was 20-year-old Matthew Haddock, who last January vandalized the Regina Maria Retreat House on Brinkerhoff Street after a night of drinking.



Haddock agreed to plea in that case that netted him three years of probation, community service and restitution.



The people arrested Wednesday were all arraigned and sent to the County Jail, with bail ranging from $2,500 cash to $50,000 bond.



If convicted, many of the suspected drug dealers face up to nine years in prison.

 

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