Press-Republican

May 4, 2013

Drug sweep nets 9 in Clinton County

By SUZANNE MOORE News Editor
Press-Republican

---- — PLATTSBURGH — A drug sweep that wrapped up early Friday resulted in nine arrests, with charges connected to the illicit sale of heroin, cocaine and prescription drugs in Clinton County.

A nine-month investigation led to the arrests over the course of the past week, according to State Police Troop B’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit.

Assisting with the investigation were the State Police Special Operations Response Team, Adirondack Drug Task Force and Plattsburgh City Police Department.

Here’s a list of who was arrested, along with charges, all of which are felonies:

Ahmad B. Abrams, 40, of Plattsburgh, charged with three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He pleaded guilty at his arraignment in Clinton County Court and was taken to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail or $200,000 bond. 

Megan A. Forkey, 27, of Saranac, charged with fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was arraigned in Clinton County Court and sent to jail in lieu of $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond.

Karus G. Lafave, 47, of Plattsburgh, charged with two counts of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Arraigned in Clinton County Court, he was taken to jail in lieu of $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond.

Carl T. Roberts, 47, of Plattsburgh, charged with one count of third-degree and one of fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and one count of third-degree and one of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was arraigned in County Court and taken to jail in lieu of $10,000 bail or 20,000 bond.

Michelle L. Benedict, 46, of Plattsburgh, faces two counts of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. At her arraignment, County Court sent her to jail in lieu of $5,000 bail or 10,000 bond.

Jennifer R. Dennett, 32, of Plattsburgh, is charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Following her arraignment in County Court, she was sent to County Jail on $2,000 bail or 4,000 bond.

SEALED INDICTMENT

As well, a woman was arrested at an apartment on Bridge Street in the City of Plattsburgh early Friday as part of the sweep.

State Police and members of the State Police Special Operations Response Team and City Police converged on the spot, where passers-by saw them at about 5:30 a.m.

The woman was taken into custody as result of a sealed indictment, State Police said in a press release — her name and charges would not be released until after her arraignment.

Police said that might not occur until Monday, May 6.

And that bust resulted in the arrest of two others unrelated to the drug investigation, State Police Lt. Brent Davison said Friday.

There were outstanding warrants for Ashley C. Parrott, 19, of Peru and Dustin T. Anderson, 25, of Keeseville.

Both face petit larceny and sixth-degree conspiracy charges.

Parrott was arraigned in Town of Peru Court and released on her own recognizance, police said.

The arrests took place without incident, Davison said.

The Adirondack Drug Task Force includes members of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigation, U.S. Border Patrol, New York State Police Narcotics Enforcement Unit, Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, Clinton County District Attorney’s Office and the Plattsburgh City Police Department.

All but Forkey remained in jail Friday evening.

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