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January 8, 2010

Four people arrested in Malone area drug bust

MALONE — A heroin-trafficking pipeline was disrupted Friday with the arrest of four Malone-area people, law-enforcement officials said.

Kevin Handly, 41, of 58 Washington St. was charged by Malone-based State Police with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies.

He is being held in Franklin County Jail on $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 insurance bond.

Donald S. Williams, 19, of Brooklyn was arrested at a home on Brainardsville Road in the Town of Bellmont and charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

He is also being held in County Jail for lack of $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 insurance bond.

Two others — Megan L. Swinyer, 19, of Malone and Adam M. Petell, 25, of Burke — were each charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Petell is in County Jail on $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 insurance bond, while Swinyer is being held for lack of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 insurance bond.

Investigators said all of the suspects reportedly sold heroin and crack cocaine.

The arrests were the result of a six-month investigation into distribution of heroin from downstate to the Malone area, said District Attorney Derek Champagne.

Handly "was the supplier and a conduit for heroin from New York City," he said.

State Police, members of the County Narcotics and Border Task Force and Special Operations Response Teams were dispatched to Handly's home Friday at about 6 a.m., Champagne said.

Handly, at first, tried to prevent the authorities from entering his home by holding the door shut, the district attorney said, "but he didn't do too well against trained professionals."

From there, a second home in the village was searched, but no one was arrested.

A subsequent search warrant was issued for the Brainardsville home Williams was staying in.

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