PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh City Police set out investigating stolen copper wire, and a little more than a week later ended up with hundreds of bags of heroin.
This led to the apprehension of eight people, and more arrests and charges are likely, police said.
On Sept. 13, Plattsburgh Municipal Lighting Department officials contacted City Police to report that someone had entered the Saranac Street electrical substation and stolen copper ground wire. Police found that the wire had been cut from the perimeter of the substation, as well as from high-voltage equipment inside the substation.
Police then checked the surrounding substations and found that copper ground wire had been stolen from the Veterans Lane and South Peru Street locations. Damages totaled roughly $60,000.
Later that day, after tracking numerous leads, Plattsburgh City Police detectives arrested Shane Wilson, 23, and Danielle Williams, 26, both of South Platt Street. The pair allegedly stole wire from the Saranac Street substation and caused the damage there.
Detectives then arrested Clinton Priebe, 29, of Bradford Road in Plattsburgh for allegedly assisting Wilson and Williams. Corey Manion, 27, of Sandalwood Way in Plattsburgh was the next arrest. He allegedly helped Wilson with the larceny and damaged utility poles on the former Imperial Wall Covering property on Main Mill Street in the city.
"The motivation for the larceny of the copper was to buy heroin and pills," a press release from City Police said.
560 BAGS OF HEROIN
As the investigation continued, detectives arrested Tracy Parrotte, 45, of 25 Sandalwood Way, on Wednesday, charging him with first-degree criminal nuisance, a felony. Police say Parrotte maintained a location for people to use and sell illegal controlled substances.
Early Friday morning, the Adirondack Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 10½ Montcalm Ave in the City of Plattsburgh, where they arrested Jesse Bradford, 24, of Troy. Police say they found Bradford with 560 bags of heroin with a street value of $22,000.
Finally, with the help of New York state parole officers, law enforcement arrested Cassy Ciccone, 33, and Justin Lagrave, 29, both of Plattsburgh, for violating the conditions of their parole.
PREVIOUS DRUG CONVICTION
Ciccone's parole stemmed from a previous drug conviction.
The former Clinton County Alcoholism Services employee was arrested in fall 2008 after City Police secured a search warrant for her apartment and found her in possession of hypodermic needles. She said she was addicted to crack and heroin and had allowed a downstate man to deal from her residence so she had easier access to drugs.
That man, David Felder Jr., injured a police officer when he fought back during the raid.
Ciccone was later indicted for involvement in local drug sales; her charges included four counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of criminal sale of a controlled substance on or near a school ground.
She was sentenced to five years in prison.