Gilman was arrested on three counts each of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.
The two men’s charges are related to incidents dating back to middle and late August up until their arrest Wednesday night, the DA said.
Mulverhill was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, stemming from the traffic stop last night.
Champagne said they launched the investigation after a neighbor reported to Village Police that Hart was allegedly selling drugs.
He said Hart and Gilman, along with other associates, were the main focus of the investigation, and he expected more arrests to be made.
“We have other heroin groups we are currently investigating,” Champagne said.
Both the Task Force and Champagne noted the marked increase in people traveling to cities to purchase drugs in order to sell locally and an increase in individuals coming to the area from cities for that purpose.
Champagne said the increase may be the result of a decline in another kind of drug use.
“We’ve seen a decrease in prescription-drug abuse, especially Oxycodone,” he said.
The drug now comes in gel form, making it more difficult for users to shoot up or snort in order to achieve a more rapid high.
“Those people are looking for something new,” Champagne added. “And they turn to heroin.”
His office has at least four cases pending against Franklin County residents who were allegedly traveling out of the area to pick up drugs that they would turn around and sell back home.
Grace Miola, 23, drove to Patterson, N.J., to purchase heroin that was intended for sale in the Malone and Chateaugay areas, authorities said.
David Jackson, 33, and Desaraie Brown, 33, were charged in May with trafficking cocaine from Springfield, Mass., to Malone. When a search warrant was executed at their 10 Lake St. home, police reportedly seized 1.5 ounces of cocaine, five pot plants, a small amount of pot, drug paraphernalia, drug-sales records and a .32 caliber semi-automatic handgun that had been reported stolen from Massachusetts in 2010.