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28 arrested in Franklin County, NY, drug sweep

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, N.Y. -

Officials across Franklin County are trying to reduce drug-related issues in the region.

"It's not normal by any stretch of imagination. And that's because of the dynamic of what's going on in rural counties in upstate New York," Franklin County Prosecutor Derek Champagne said.

Officials arrested 28 alleged drug dealers operating in and around Franklin County Wednesday and say they are investigating 13 of those suspects for possible welfare fraud, too.

"Today is kind of across the board and unfortunately it shows that drugs have no boundary. It hits every social-economic group, it hits every profession. No one standing here is naive that there are people with drug problems in every community," Champagne said.

The area has seen a recent spike in meth labs and prescription drug abuse.

Officials at a press conference acknowledged the problem and say more drug sweeps are planned in Franklin County, to crack down on the growing problem in Northern New York.

"This isn't just a law enforcement problem anymore, this is a community problem and we need the help of the community to keep addressing the problem," St. Lawrence County Prosecutor Nicole Duvé said.

Officials encourage the public to reach out to them if they see anything suspicious in their communities. Officials say in Wednesday's bust, about half the suspects were found through community member calls.

From New York State Police:

The detail resulted in the arrest of the following defendants.

SCOTT D. BAKER, 28 years old of Tupper Lake, New York
 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd – Heroin (2 cts)
 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd - Fentanyl
 Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd (3 cts) – Heroin/Fentanyl
 Baker was indicted and remanded to Franklin County Jail without bail, pending a future arraignment.
 
ANN M. COOK, 49 years old of Malone, New York
 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd – Hydrocodone
 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 5th – Diazepam
 Cook was arraigned at the Town of Malone Court and remanded to Franklin County Jail I in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond.
 
MARCEL O. COX II, 28 years old, of Brushton, New York and who was already incarcerated in the Franklin County Jail.
 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd (2 cts) – Heroin
 Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd (2 cts) – Heroin
 Cox is presently being held in the Franklin County Jail.
 
TODD G. DABIEW, 36 years old, of Malone, New York
 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 4th (2 cts) – Suboxone
 Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th – Suboxone
 Dabiew was arraigned at the Town of Malone Court on State Police and Village of Malone charges and remanded to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.
 
MICHAEL J. DELAIR, 39 years old, of Tupper Lake, New York
 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd (2 cts) – Heroin
 Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd (2 cts) – Heroin
 Delair was indicted and remanded to Franklin County Jail without bail, pending a future arraignment.
 
RANDY J. DWYER, 48 years old, of Bellmont, New York
 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd – Cocaine
 Dwyer was arraigned in the Town of Malone Court and remanded to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.
 
ROBBIE ESELTINE, 32 years old, of Malone, New York
 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd - Oxycodone
 Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd - Oxycodone
 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 4th (2 cts) – Suboxone/Hydrocodone
 Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th (2 cts) – Suboxone/Hydrocodone
 Eseltine was arraigned at the Town of Malone Court on State Police and Village of Malone charges and remanded to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $11,000 cash bail or $22,000 bond.
 
THOMAS C. LEONARD III, 20 years old, of, Lyme Center, New Hampshire
 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd (2 cts) - Cocaine
 Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd (2 cts) – Cocaine
 Leonard was previously arrested on August 23, 2013. He was arraigned and released under the supervision of probation.
 
SHANE W. MONAGHAN, 22 years old, of Malone, New York
 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd (3 cts) – Cocaine/Crack
 Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd (3 cts) – Cocaine/Crack Cocaine
 Monaghan remanded to Franklin County Jail without bail, pending a future arraignment.
 
DEBI M. OTLEY, 28 years old, of Malone
 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 4th – Hydrocodone
 Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th – Hydrocodone
 Ottley was arrested and arraigned previously on August 27, 2013. She was released under the supervision of probation.
 
AARON M. PATTERSON, 27 years old, of Burke, New York
 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd – Fentanyl
 Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd – Fentanyl
 Criminal Sale of Controlled Substance 4th – Suboxone
 Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th – Suboxone
 Patterson was arraigned at the Town of Chateaugay Court and was released under the supervision of probation.
   
ADAM M. PETELL, 28 years old, Malone, New York
 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 4th (3 cts) – Suboxone
 Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th (2 cts) – Suboxone
 Petell remanded to Franklin County Jail without bail, pending a future arraignment.
 
COTY T. SMITH, 21 years old, of Malone, New York
 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd (3 cts) – Oxycodone
 Smith was arraigned before the Town of Malone Court and was remanded to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail, or $10,000 bond.
 
NICHOLE M. THOMAS, 25 years old, of Moira, New York
 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 4th – Hydrocodone
 Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th – Hydrocodone
 Thomas was remanded to Franklin County Jail without bail, pending a future arraignment.
 
ROY J. VERMETTE, 62 years old, of Malone, New York
 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd – Fentanyl
 Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd – Fentanyl
 Criminal Sale of Controlled Substance 4th – Hydrocodone
 Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th – Hydrocodone
 Vermette was arraigned at the Town of Bangor Court and released under the supervision of probation.
 
JOSEPH O'ROURKE, 34 years old, of Malone, New York
 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd (2 cts) – Oxycodone
 Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd (2 cts) – Oxycodone
 O'Rourke was remanded to Franklin County without bail, pending a future arraignment.
 
THOMAS R. COOK JR, 23 years old (Currently in the Franklin County Jail)
 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 4th – Suboxone
 Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th – Suboxone
 Cox is presently being held in the Franklin County Jail.
 
GERALD J. BASHAW, 28 years old, of Malone, New York
 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 4th – Suboxone
 Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th – Suboxone
 Bashaw was arrested in Pittsfield, Massachusetts by the Pittsfield Police Department. He is currently in custody and awaiting extradition.
 
Saranac Lake Police Department Arrests:
 
ANGIE PRATT FLORENCE, 40 years old of Saranac Lake, New York
 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd (2 cts) – Cocaine
 Criminal Possession of a Narcotic 3rd  (2) - Cocaine
 Florence was arraigned at the Village of Saranac Lake Court and remanded to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond
 
JOSHUA D. D'ANGELO, 22 years old of Saranac Lake, New York
 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 4th (2 cts) - Suboxone
 D'Angelo was arraigned at the Village of Saranac Lake Court and released under the supervision of probation.
 
BRITTANY HANLEY, 20 years old of Saranac Lake, New York
 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 4th (2 cts) - Suboxone
 Hanley was arraigned at the Village of Saranac Lake Court and released under the supervision of probation.
 
TRAVIS J. SUPRENANT, 23 years old of Saranac Lake, New York
 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd (1 ct) - Morphine
 Suprenant was arraigned at the Village of Saranac Lake Court and remanded to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond
 
SHANNON M. KILNER, 23 years old of Saranac Lake, New York
 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 4th (3 cts) - Suboxone
 Kilner was arraigned at the Village of Saranac Lake Court and released under the supervision of probation.
 
CHELSEA M. LORETTE, 23 years old of Saranac Lake, New York
 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 5th (1 ct)- Xanax
 Lorette was arraigned at the Village of Saranac Lake Court and remanded to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond
 
LOUIS A. HOWLAND Jr., 25 years old of Saranac Lake, New York
 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 4th (3 cts) – Cocaine
 Criminal Sale of Marihuana 4th (1 ct)
 Howland Jr. was arraigned at the Village of Saranac Lake Court and remanded to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond
 
RUSSELL K. CARPENTER, 23 years old of Saranac Lake, New York
 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 4th (4 cts) – Suboxone, Cocaine
 
KYLE R. SIMPSON, 29 years old of Saranac Lake, New York
 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 5th (1 cts) - Suboxone
 Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 4th  (1 ct) - Suboxone
 
BETH M. WOODRUFF, 40 years old, of Saranac Lake, New York
 Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 5th (1 cts) - Suboxone
 Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 4th (1 ct) - Suboxone
   
 *Arraignment information is not yet available for the arrests made by Saranac Lake Police Department. Also, more arrests and defendant information to follow that are not listed in this release.

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