April 13, 2013

Florida man nabbed in border Ecstasy bust


---- — PLATTSBURGH — A Florida man was arrested Friday at the border on felony drug charges after he was allegedly found on a Greyhound bus with more than 900 Ecstasy pills.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found Larry E. Guerrier, 30, of Fort Lauderdale with about 14.67 ounces of the drug, according to a press release from the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department.

Guerrier was a passenger on bus that was entering the United States from Canada at the Champlain Port of Entry.

Authorities also found five ounces of marijuana in Guerrier’s possession, the Sheriff’s Department said.

A canine that was brought on the bus alerted authorities to the presence of the drugs, said Sgt. William Dominy of the Sheriff’s Department.

Border Patrol Officers turned Guerrier over to the Sheriff’s Department at the border, and he was arrested at 5:30 a.m.

Dominy said Guerrier’s destination was his residence in Fort Lauderdale.

He was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor.

The Press-Republican contacted State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Lt. Brent Davison of the Narcotics Unit to check on the street value of Ecstasy. He said the cost per pill is $15 to $40 depending on potency. That makes 900 pills worth at least $13,500.

Guerrier was arraigned in Champlain Town Court and sent to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail or $100,000 bond.

He will appear in court at a later date to face the charges.

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