Press-Republican

January 31, 2013

Seven arrested on drug charges

By FELICIA KRIEG
Press-Republican

---- — PLATTSBURGH — Six people were arrested in a drug sweep following a yearlong investigation by the Essex County Drug Task Force.

And another man was busted on the Northway with more than 100 packets of heroin, police say.

ESSEX COUNTY BUSTS

State Police said Wednesday that six individuals were charged within the past week with the possession and sale of either cocaine, heroin, hydrocodone or suboxone. All the charges are felonies.

Here is a list of the people arrested and their charges:

Kimberly A. Barney, 51, of Lake Placid: Two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance (heroin) and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (heroin).

Barney was being held without bail Wednesday at the Essex County Jail.

Shannon K. Brown, 27, of Port Henry: Fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance (suboxone, a form of buprenorphine, a pain killer); and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (suboxone).

Brown was incarcerated in County Jail Wednesday in lieu of $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bail bond.

Sheilana J. Labatore, 23, of Crown Point: Fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance (hydrocodone) and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (hydrocodone).

Labatore was being held without bail Wednesday at the County Jail.

Maura Michalak, 23, of Ticonderoga: Two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance (cocaine) and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine).

Michalak was incarcerated without bail at the County Jail on Wednesday.

Tyler E. Roushia, 25, of Plattsburgh: Third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance (cocaine) and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine).

Roushia was in County Jail on Wednesday without bail.

Adham M. Smith, 31, of Ticonderoga: Two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance (cocaine) and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine).

Smith was incarcerated in County Jail Wednesday without bail.

Additional arrests were pending in connection with this investigation, according to a New York State Police Troop B press release. Arraignments will be held at a later date.

Essex County District Attorney Kristy Sprague could not be reached Wednesday for more information on the busts.

NORTHWAY ARREST

Also recently arrested in the North Country on felony drug charges was a Schenectady man.

Kris Wynn, 30, was arrested on the Northway Tuesday and charged with possession of heroin, said Plattsburgh City Police Lt. Scott Beebie.

“It was an ongoing investigation over several weeks” by the Adirondack Drug Task Force, Beebie said.

Wynn was a passenger in a vehicle halted in a traffic stop on Interstate 87 north near Plattsburgh Tuesday, Beebie said.

A search warrant for the vehicle was obtained, and a State Police drug dog was used to find 109 individual packets of heroin that were wrapped for resale, Beebie said.

The approximate street value of the heroin is $5,500, he said.

Wynn was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled substance, a felony.

He was arraigned in the Plattsburgh Town Court on Wednesday and taken to Clinton County Jail without bail.

“There is still an active investigation in his (Wynn’s) activity,” Beebie said.

State Police said further charges are pending.

The Essex County Drug Task Force comprises members from the Essex County District Attorney’s Office, New York State Police, Essex County Sheriff’s Department, Ticonderoga Police Department and Lake Placid Police Department.

Email Felicia Krieg: fkrieg@pressrepublican.com