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Northern NY drug dealing suspects rounded up

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MALONE, N.Y. -

Chelsea Smith was surprised by who was knocking on the door of her Malone apartment shortly after 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

"Three state troopers at my door, they were knocking on my door. I opened my door and they had guns in their hands," she said.

Police were there to arrest Walter Lamay, 36, for dealing cocaine.

"They asked me if the person staying at the apartment building was living in my apartment. I was like no, I'm the only one that lives here," Smith said.

"The arrest warrants were an end to a 12-month investigation," N.Y. State Police Lt. Brent Davison said.

Early Tuesday morning, local, state and federal authorities arrested 18 suspects for allegedly dealing cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and prescription medicine in the Franklin County area.

"Heroin is being a big thing in Malone right now. That's a highly addictive drug and once you have that, it takes over. Then you got a real problem on your hands. It was coming from New Jersey, New York City. You can go to New York City and buy a bindle of heroin for $5 or $6; it's going for $30 up here. If you are buying 300 bindles, you are making a lot of money," Malone Police Chief Chris Premo said.

Ten of the 18 arrested Tuesday are accused of selling prescription drugs they obtained using Medicaid, meaning taxpayers paid for the drugs police say the suspects sold for profit. 

"That's why we are looking into types of fraudulent charges in trying to make sure these people no longer receive prescriptions for profit," Franklin County Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Crawford said.

But prosecutors says since the state eased up on the Rockefeller drug laws eight years ago, it's tough to send a strict message to these local dealers. Some may only get a year behind bars.

"It used to be you would get upward of 25 years for sales. The vast majority of the people picked up in this round up are facing a maximum of nine," Crawford said.

Despite the unusual wake-up call, Chelsea Smith welcomed the roundup. She almost lost a close friend to the drug problem in the area.

"A close friend of mine OD'd, slipped a pill, didn't know where it came from or who did it, was in ICU for three days," Smith said. "Kind of a real problem around here."

Two of the suspects were arrested last week. Police are still looking for three of the suspects, but say they know where they are, including Walter Lamay.

The new license plate-reading cameras in the North Country designed to study the drug trafficking in the region were not used by investigators in this case. They are designed to be used in more large-scale operations across the state and nation, not local trafficking. Most of the deals in this case stayed in the county.

THE LIST OF SUSPECTS FROM POLICE:

Suspects Arrested or Suspects with outstanding warrants are as follow (note: an asterisk preceding a defendant's name denotes a Grand Jury indictment):

*SHELLY M. NASON, age 51
47 front Street, Apt. B, Malone, NY
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd (2 Cts.) – oxycodone
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd (2 Cts.) - oxycodone
Lodged in Franklin County Jail awaiting arraignment
 
*LEIGH A. PERRY, age 28
2527 ST-11, North Bangor, NY
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 4th – subutex
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd - fentanyl
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd (2Cts.) – fentanyl
Lodged in Franklin County Jail awaiting arraignment
 
*MELISSA A. DUPEE, age 27
113 Tuper Road, Fort Covington, NY
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd (3 Cts.) – dilaudid
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd (2 Cts.) – dilaudid
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 5th (2 Cts.) – ecstasy
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th (2 Cts.) – ecstasy
Lodged in Franklin County Jail awaiting arraignment
 
*MARK PERRY, DOB: age 49
2527 ST-11, North Bangor, NY
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd – fentanyl
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd – fentanyl
Lodged in Franklin County Jail awaiting arraignment
 
TROY T. BENEDICT, age 36
383 River Road, Hogansburg, NY
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd – oxycodone
Arraigned at lodged in the Franklin County Jail on $2,000 cash / $4,000 bond
 
TYLER A. CURLYHEAD, age 40
305 Cook Road, Bombay, NY
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd – oxycodone
Criminal Possession Controlled Substance 3rd - oxycodone
Arraigned at lodged in the Franklin County Jail on $2,000 cash / $4,000 bond
 
EDWARD R. MITCHELL, age 32
69 Lake Street, Tupper Lake, NY
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd – cocaine
Arraigned at lodged in the Franklin County Jail on $5,000 cash / $10,000 bond
 
COREY M. HALL, age 30
48 Williams Street, Gouverneur, NY
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 4th – suboxone
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 4th - suboxone
Arraigned at lodged in the Franklin County Jail on $2,500 cash / $5,000 bond
 
JEREMY M. BROSSOIT, DOB: age 20
2440 Chateaugay Street, Fort Covington, NY
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd (4 Cts.) – oxycodone
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd (4 Cts.) – oxycodone
Arraigned at lodged in the Franklin County Jail on $15,000 cash / $30,000 bond
 
CECELIA A. SHARROW, age 19
25 Smoke Road, Hogansburg, NY
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd (2 Cts.) – cocaine
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd (2 Cts.) - cocaine
Warrant outstanding
 
*ALBERT B. SEMBERA, age 24
15 Christine Lane, Apt. 3, Akwesasne, NY
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd – cocaine
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd – cocaine
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 5th – ecstasy
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th – ecstasy
Lodged in Franklin County Jail awaiting arraignment
 
STEPHEN P. WHITLEY , age 23
(Currently at Franklin County Jail)
269 ST-3, Apt. 1, Tupper Lake, NY
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 4th – hydrocodone
Arraigned at lodged in the Franklin County Jail on $2,500 cash / $5,000 bond
 
CHRISTOPHER J. SLUYTER, age 30
169 Ivy Terrane, Tupper Lake, NY
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd (3 Cts.) – opana/percocet
Arraigned at lodged in the Franklin County Jail on $5,000 cash / $10,000 bond
 
*SAVANNA BUCKSON, age 28
17 Fort Covington Street, Malone, NY
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 4th (2 Cts.) – suboxone
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th – suboxone
Warrant outstanding
 
TOMMY I. BEAM, DOB: age 21
32 Park Street, Apt. 2, Malone, NY
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd - ecstasy
Arraigned at lodged in the Franklin County Jail on $2,500 cash / $5,000 bond
 
MICHAEL J. LEWIS, age 35
(Currently at Franklin County Jail)
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd - cocaine
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd – cocaine
Warrant outstanding
 
WALTER W. LAMAY, age 36
448 East Main Street, Malone, NY
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd – cocaine
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd – cocaine
Warrant outstanding
 
BENNIE M. PITTMAN, age 37
384 West Main Street, Malone, NY
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 4th (2 Cts.) – hydrocodone/marinol
Arraignment pending
 
CHARLES F. FULLER, age 26
47 Front Street, Malone, NY
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd (2 Cts.) – oxymorphone/morphine
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th – oxymorphone
Arraigned at lodged in the Franklin County Jail on $2,500 cash / $5,000 bond
 
MICHAEL J. GONYEA, age 40
318 CR-60, Gabriels, NY
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd – cocaine
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd – cocaine
Arraigned at lodged in the Franklin County Jail on $2,500 cash / $5,000 bond
 
ANTHONY E. COOK, age 31
(Currently at Franklin County Jail)
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 4th - suboxone
Arraigned at lodged in the Franklin County Jail on $2,500 cash / $5,000 bond
The following subjects were arrested and arraigned on June 13, 2012:
 
*JESSICA N. BROWN, age 29
(Currently at St. Lawrence County Jail)
707 Salmon Street, Fort Covington, NY
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd (2 Cts.) – oxycodone
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd (2 Cts.) - oxycodone
Held in Franklin County Jail on $10,000 cash / $20,000 bond
 
*GRACE L. MIOLA, age 23
(Currently at Franklin County Jail)
1026 CR-33, Chateaugay, Malone, NY
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd (3 Cts.) – heroin
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd (3 Cts.) – heroin
Held in Franklin County Jail on $15,000 cash / $30,000 bond
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