By DAN HEATH
---- — KEESEVILLE — Two men face charges for illegal drugs and guns after their arrest early Thursday morning.
State Police reported Eric C. Parrish, 43, and Christopher C. Smith, 23, both of Keeseville, were arrested by members of the State Police Special Operations Response Team, the State Police Troop B Narcotics Enforcement Unit, Troop B Bureau of Criminal Investigation and uniform detail on warrants issued by Essex County Court.
The arrests came as a result of a nine-month narcotics investigation by the Narcotics Enforcement Unit.
Smith was initially charged with three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies.
Parrish was initially charged with one count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Both men were taken to Essex County Jail to await arraignment in Essex County Court on those charges.
Police obtained a search warrant for the men’s residence on Soper Road in Keeseville. That resulted in additional charges for both Parrish and Smith of criminal possession of a firearm, a felony, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, both misdemeanors.
The defendants were issued appearance tickets for Chesterfield Town Court at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, for the additional charges.
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