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October 26, 2012

Fire victim faces heroin charge

MALONE — Two days after he lost his apartment to fire, a Malone man and two others were charged near Albany with possession of heroin.

Russell Snyder Sr., 43, had lived upstairs at 15 Jane St. in Malone until the building burned to the ground Monday. He, Thomas R. Cook Jr., 23, of 11 Jane St., and John P. Ruzzoli, 54, of Route 30, Malone, were each charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance by State Police in Clifton Park.

They were arraigned and taken to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail each.

The three men were allegedly caught with 50 packets of heroin split up into five bundles with 10 smaller bags each.

Police said the three were on their way back to Malone when they were pulled over during a routine traffic stop.

“We had been investigating activity at that (Jane Street) house because there was a lot of traffic there,” said Malone Village Police Chief Chris Premo.

“I think it’s repulsive that he is arrested for drugs two days after his house burns down after being put up in a hotel that somebody paid for.”

The fire at 15 Jane St., which left as many as nine people homeless, is still under investigation.

But fire officials say the preliminary cause may have been a faulty clothes dryer.

Email Denise A. Raymo: draymo@pressrepublican.com

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