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September 8, 2009

8 charged in Tri-Lakes drug raid

SARANAC LAKE — A Franklin County Drug Task Force investigation into prescription drug possession and sales that started in late 2007 culminated early Tuesday morning with eight arrests.

According to the Saranac Lake Police Department, the felony arrests stem from an ongoing investigation of Raymond A. Lopez III, 21, of Saranac Lake into the possession and sale of various amounts of prescription drugs, in which undercover informants and buyers played a key role.

Recovered in the arrests were various amounts and types of hydrocodone and oxycodone, as well as Subuxone, which is a specific brand of painkiller. Members of the Franklin County Drug Task Force are working to determine the street value of the seized drugs.

Lopez was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Teresa M. Capalbo, 28, of Saranac Lake was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Thomas F. Inga Jr., 50, of Saranac Lake was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Timothy G. Lacey Sr., 51, of Saranac Lake was charged with fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Elijah M. Brhel, 20, of Harrietstown was charged with three counts of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Samantha L. Muncil, 22, of Saranac Lake was charged with second-degree burglary, fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree conspiracy, petit larceny and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Samantha M. Stillwell, 21, of Lake Placid was charged with second-degree burglary, fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree conspiracy and petit larceny.

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