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Adirondack Drug Task Force conducts drug busts

PLATTSBURGH The Adirondack Drug Task Force has arrested 20 people as the result of several drug investigations in and around the greater Plattsburgh area. In a press conference held Wednesday afternoon, task force officials revealed the results of what is being called "Spring Clean-up 2008," a series of planned arrests of alleged drug dealers in and around the city of Plattsburgh. The arrests were conducted by police agencies from across the North Country and were based upon Clinton County Superior Court arrest warrants based on various drug offenses. During the investigation, authorities confiscated small amounts of crack cocaine, powdered cocaine, marijuana, and prescription drugs including OxyContin and morphine, as well as other drug paraphernalia. Plattsburgh City Police Chief Desmond J. Racicot said the arrests were conducted without incident. Racicot called the arrests a "significant problem" that is "really hurting our community." Those arrested include: Travis St. Louis, 30, Plattsburgh, 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. Chance Laforge, 22, West Chazy, one count of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and one count of third-degree criminal sale of marijuana. Deborah L. Ouellette, 49, Plattsburgh, three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Patricia A. Mckinney, 43, Plattsburgh, three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of criminal sale of a controlled substance on or near a school zone. Corey J. Manion, 24, Plattsburgh, two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Ashley L. Decell, 21, Plattsburgh, one count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of criminal sale of a controlled substance on or near a school zone. Joshua J. Brunell, 22, Plattsburgh , two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and one count of criminal sale of a controlled substance on or near a school zone. John R. Nastasia, 39, Plattsburgh, four counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Thierno Diallo, 21, Plattsburgh, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Charles W. Schongar, 25, Keeseville, one count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Ricky Sylvester, 42, Plattsburgh, one count of third-degree criminal sale of marijuana. Chad M. Snow, 26, Morrisonville, one count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Vincent J. Heaney, 32, Plattsburgh, one count of third-degree criminal sale of marijuana and one count of third-degree criminal possession of marijuana. Ronald E. Wojnar, 28, Plattsburgh, one count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Aleshia Baldwin, 27, Morrisonville, one count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Cory Lawyer, 29, Keeseville, two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Arnold H. Latulip, 46, Keeseville, one count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and one count of criminal sale of a controlled substance on or near a school zone. William Mackey, 22, Rensselaer, two counts of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Simone R. Clinton, 22, Bronx, New York City, one count of fourth-degree conspiracy. The defendants were arraigned in Clinton County Court before the Hon. Patrick R. McGill and given various future appearance dates. All were remanded to Clinton County Jail. According to District Attorney Andrew J. Wylie, the majority of the defendants taken into custody have lived in the area for "a period of time," though there were some defendants from out of the area who have relocated to the area with the intent of selling drugs. Wylie also said several of the defendants have prior criminal records ranging including previous felony and misdemeanor convictions. "The primary purpose today was to take these individuals into custody," said Wylie. "We took a number of people off the streets today and that's what's important." The Adirondack Drug Task Force consists of representatives from the Clinton County District Attorneys Office and authorities from the Plattsburgh City Police Department, Clinton County Sheriff's Department, New York State Police, Drug Enforcement Administration, and U.S. Border Patrol. "It should be stressed that these arrests would not have been possible if it were not for the cooperation of the many agencies participating in a collaborative effort through the Adirondack Drug Task Force to combat these drug crimes," Wylie said. Further arrests are expected as a result of the joint investigations, he added.

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