Police, Fire, Courts

June 5, 2014

Police: 42 bags of heroin, 3 arrests

Drugs found after traffic stop

ELIZABETHTOWN — Police say a traffic stop yielded 42 bags of heroin that led to the arrest of three locals.

Ronnie Cunningham of Elizabethtown was behind the wheel of the 2011 Ford Fusion, State Police Troop B Public Information Officer Trooper Jennifer Fleishman said in a media release, and he was in possession of 15 bags of heroin.

Jeffrey A. LaComb, 29, of Saranac Lake, one of two passengers in the vehicle, had seven bags of heroin when police pulled the car over on Route 9N in Elizabethtown at about 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, Fleishman said.

And police say they found Daisey M. Chandler, 32, of Elizabethtown, with 20 bags of heroin, a suboxone strip and some amitriptyline hydrochloride pills, a form of antidepressant medication.

A police K-9 dog searched the car and found a small amount of marijuana in the center console, Fleishman said. And troopers seized $5,600 in cash.

The value of the drugs was not immediately available from State Police, but a recent bust involved bags of heroin with a street price of $35 to $40 per bag, Fleishman said at the time.

Cunningham was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, a felony; unlawful possession of marijuana, and DWAI drugs.

And he was also ticketed for speeding and obstructed view, both traffic violations.

LaComb was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.

And Chandler faces that same charge, along with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

They were arraigned in Elizabethtown Town Court and taken to Essex County Jail. Cash bail for Cunningham and LaComb was set at $25,000, and for Chandler it’s $10,000.

All three remained in jail Wednesday afternoon.

 — Staff Writer Felicia Krieg contributed to this report.

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