November 1, 2013

Plattsburgh man found with heroin, crack cocaine


---- — PLATTSBURGH —  Police seized about $5,800 in heroin and crack cocaine from a Plattsburgh man in an unsuspected bust.

At about 2:30 p.m. Oct. 23, Plattsburgh City Police went to a South Catherine Street apartment to serve Harley Meddaugh, 23, of Plattsburgh with a parole violation warrant, said Plattsburgh City Police Lt. Scott Beebie.

While attempting to locate Meddaugh there, officers found his roommate, Andrew Turpenning, 32, he said.

Upon further investigation, police found Turpenning in possession of 84 bags of heroin, more than a half ounce in crack cocaine and a small amount of powered cocaine, he said.

Police were not expecting to find the drugs, Beebie said.

“One investigation led into the other.”

Police estimate the street value for the heroin to be $4,200, and the street value of the crack cocaine is about $1,600, Beebie said.

Meddaugh was arrested and taken to state prison, he said.

Turpenning was taken into custody and charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony.

He was arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court, Beebie said, and will appear in court at a later date.

“There are several more charges pending,” said Plattsburgh City Police Detective Matt Bell, who worked on the case.

The arrests were the result of a joint investigation conducted by the Adirondack Drug Task Force, Plattsburgh City Police and the New York State Division of Parole.

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