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Police, Fire, Courts

May 16, 2014

Alleged heroin, cocaine dealers arrested

PLATTSBURGH — Two Plattsburgh residents were recently indicted for allegedly selling illicit drugs in the City of Plattsburgh.

ALREADY IN JAIL

Victoria Simmons, 21, was already incarcerated in Clinton County Jail on separate drug charges when she was charged May 9 with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, said Plattsburgh City Police Lt. Patrick Rascoe.

She was indicted on the most recent charges by a Clinton County grand jury, he said.

The two undercover heroin buys were executed earlier this year by the Adirondack Drug Task Force, he said.

Simmons has been in jail since February for an incident on Margaret Street in downtown Plattsburgh, City Police said.

That time, when approached by officers, she allegedly gave them false information about her identity, police said. And when officers searched a purse she was carrying, they found 3.4 grams of heroin, needles, spoons, 34 wax bags and about $1,000 in cash.

She was charged in February with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and several misdemeanors: seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance, two counts of criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument and false personation.

Simmons remained in County Jail on Wednesday in lieu of $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond, according to the Clinton County Sheriff's Department.

'SOLD COCAINE'

Osbourne Smith, 34, was indicted by a Clinton County grand jury on two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, both felonies, Rascoe said.

In 2013 and 2014, members of the Adirondack Drug Task Force facilitated undercover purchases of cocaine from him, the lieutenant said.

Smith was arrested May 2 and brought to Clinton County Jail before arraignment in Clinton County Court.

He was still incarcerated Wednesday for lack of $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Serving on the Adirondack Drug Task Force are State Police, City Police, the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Customs and and Border Protection Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations, the Sheriff’s Department and the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office.

Email Felicia Krieg: fkrieg@pressrepublican.com

Twitter: @FeliciaKrieg

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