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OGDENSBURG — City police and other law enforcement agencies arrested three people on crack cocaine-selling charges Wednesday following a search of a suspect’s apartment at 514 Crescent St.

All three suspects are being held at St. Lawrence County jail, Canton.

William A. “A.J.” Russell Jr., 21, of 20 Pompie Road, Elizabethtown, N.C., was charged with felony third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Deloyd M. “Chop” Lesane, 32, of 401 Center Road, Elizabethtown, N.C., was also charged with felony third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Christina R. Crosby, 26, of 514 Crescent St., Apt. 4, was charged with felony first-degree criminal nuisance and felony tampering with physical evidence.

All three were arraigned Thursday in City Court and sent to jail. Bail was set at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond for Mr. Crosby and $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond each for Mr. Lesane and Ms. Crosby.

The trio was arrested at 8:35 p.m., according to Ogdensburg police.

More arrests are pending.

The department’s narcotics enforcement unit was assisted by the St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force, which included officers from the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department and the Gouverneur and Potsdam police departments.

In a news release, Detective Daniel C. Mousaw said the arrests capped an investigation that “has been ongoing for several months, and remains open.”

Mr. Mousaw said the three suspects were “part of a non-local drug organization that has been trafficking and distributing drugs in and around the city of Ogdensburg for greater than a year. These individuals are responsible for bringing in and selling large quantities of crack cocaine to Ogdensburg.”

Police said Mr. Russell and Mr. Lesane used Ms. Crosby’s apartment as a base for their local operation.

Police did not disclose the amount of crack cocaine they seized.

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