Press-Republican

October 27, 2012

Eight arrested in Saranac Lake drug bust

By MIRANDA ORSO
Press-Republican

---- — SARANAC LAKE — Resident complaints and ongoing police investigation led to eight drug arrests in the village here, with more possible.

Six men and two women were taken into custody Friday following a multi-agency law-enforcement crackdown on the sale and possession of drugs in the Village of Saranac Lake, Police Chief Bruce Nason said.

“The operation went very smoothly, very efficiently,” he said. “We worked very well with the agencies involved.”

EIGHT 

The following people were arrested in connection with the alleged possession and/or sale of controlled substances in the roundup:

Keeton C. Seaquist, 27, of Plattsburgh was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance (Suboxone), both felonies.  He was taken to Franklin County Court for arraignment on an indictment warrant.

Ryan S. Morgan, 38, of Saranac Lake was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), both felonies. He was arraigned in Franklin County Court on an indictment warrant before being taken to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash or $30,000 bond. Police said Morgan had about two grams of cocaine in his possession prior to his arrest.

Heth H. Graham, 51, of Saranac Lake was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and three counts criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), both felonies. He was arraigned in Franklin County Court on an indictment warrant before being taken to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash or $30,000 bond. Police said the search warrant executed at his home turned up about 3 1/2 ounces of cocaine.

Francis J. Odell, 41, of Saranac Lake was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance (Oxycontin), fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance (methadone), two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of fourth-degree conspiracy, all felonies. He was sent to County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

Pierre A. Suzanne, 53, of Saranac Lake was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance (hydromorphone), fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fourth-degree conspiracy, all felonies. He was taken to County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

George H. LaFountain III, 34, of Tupper Lake was charged with fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance (alprazolam) and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies. He was also charged with fifth-degree conspiracy, a misdemeanor. LaFountain was sent to County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

Jessica A. Cahill, 22, of Lake Placid was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (hydromorphone), a misdemeanor. She was also issued a violation for possessing a controlled substance not in its original container. Cahill was processed at the police station and released on an appearance ticket. She is scheduled to appear in Village of Saranac Lake Court on Monday.

Melinda L. Duprey, 18, of Saranac Lake was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.  She was issued an appearance ticket for Saranac Lake Court on Monday.

PUBLIC HELP APPRECIATED

Police said they also had a warrant for another male suspect and were hoping to have him in custody later Friday.

And, Nason said, “with these arrests, new investigations have been opened, and we’ll be following up on those.”

Along with officers from his department, Nason praised the assisting law enforcement agencies for their investigative work and help in getting drugs off the streets.

“Although they were not the only Saranac Lake Police officers investigating the cases, Casey Reardon and Jason Swain were instrumental in the successful completion of the cases,” he said Friday. “Continued cooperation by law enforcement agencies will ensure more arrests in the future. I would also like to thank the public for providing us with information that led to the arrest of some defendants.

“I give credit where credit is due.”

Nason encourages anyone who sees criminal activity, including unlawful possession and sale of drugs to alert authorities immediately.

Investigators from New York State Police, Franklin and Clinton County sheriff’s departments, Tupper Lake Police Department, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and Franklin County District Attorney’s Office assisted Saranac Lake Police in the operation.

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