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Drug sweep nets ten arrests, new DA ready to go

ELIZABETHTOWN -- Officials elected this fall are just now settling into their new roles, but Essex County District Attorney Kristy Sprague is already busy prepping for her first big case.

New York State Police in Ray Brook announced yesterday that a coordinated investigation into drug activity in Essex County has yielded 10 arrests.

According to Sprague, the Essex County Drug Task Force - which consists of the DA's office, the Sheriff's office, and the Ticonderoga, Lake Placid and Saranac Lake Police Departments - wrapped up a long-term investigation into the illegal sale of drugs in the Essex County area.

"In my understanding, it's been a year-long investigation, and as a result of the investigation they were able to make the arrests," she said. "Ten people were arrested and arraigned today before Justice Meyer. The indictments were sealed and an appearance has been set for Friday."

According to a release issued by State Police officials, the following suspects were all taken into custody on arrest warrants issued for the illegal sale of cocaine and prescription medication:

22-year-old Amy E. Conway of Port Henry was charged with third-degree criminal sale and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both class-B felonies.

31-year-old Isa H. Coleman of Buffalo was charged with two counts each of third-degree criminal sale and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

47-year-old Ralph J. Clark of Lewis was charged with two counts each of fourth-degree criminal sale and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

31-year-old Brandy L. Ouellette of West Chazy was charged with three counts each of fourth-degree criminal sale and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

26-year-old Brianne K. Montgomery of Keeseville was charged with two counts each of third-degree criminal sale and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

19-year-old Michael A. Abair II of Keeseville was charged with two counts each of third-degree criminal sale and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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