MALONE — The largest heroin seizure here in 15-plus years led to three arrests and confiscation of 1,220 bundles of heroin with an estimated street value of $36,600.
Randy P. Hart Jr., 30, of Malone; Chad M. Gilman, 24, of Bombay; and Angela M. Mulverhill, 30, of Brushton were taken into custody Wednesday night following a three-month-long investigation into heroin sales in the Village of Malone and northern Franklin County.
Malone Village Police, armed with anticipatory search warrants, pulled over a vehicle occupied by Hart and Mulverhill on Wednesday night and found the heroin inside, according to a statement from Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne.
He said the pair were returning to the area from Massachusetts with heroin intended for sale locally, he said.
The investigation revealed the three suspects had, allegedly, been traveling to Massachusetts about 20 times each month over the past three months to purchase the powerful drug.
Champagne said the potential street value of the drugs brought in for sale in the area is estimated at about $1.2 million.
Later, police and the Franklin County Border Narcotics Task Force executed multiple search warrants, which they say led them to more drugs.
Ten members of the New York State Police Special Operations Response Team entered Gilman’s home at 91 Moore Road in Malone, utilizing a diversionary device without firing shots, the statement said. They found 19 pounds of processed marijuana with a street value of $60,800, about $9,400 in cash and a stolen .45 caliber Glock handgun, along with ammunition, Champagne said.
The second warrant was executed at Hart’s home at Jock’s Mobile Estates at 455 County Route 32, Lot 19, where the search yielded a small amount of heroin, along with drug paraphernalia, police said.
Hart was charged with four counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Both charges are felonies.