MALONE - Two Chateaugay residents were jailed on felony drug charges on Monday stemming from a five-month investigation into area cocaine distribution.
Desaraie Brown, 23, is charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both class B felonies.
David Jackson, 33, is charged with one count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was charged with a second count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance when members of the Franklin County Narcotics Task Force allegedly found him in possession of one and a half ounces of cocaine when he was taken into custody.
Both were arraigned in Malone Town Court and remanded to the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail or $30,000 bond.
The pair was arrested on Monday while driving a rented 2012 Volkswagen back from Springfield, Mass., according to a news release from the office of District Attorney Derek Champagne.
The release said the arrest comes on the heels of an investigation into the sale and distribution of cocaine from the Massachusetts area.
The release praises the work of law enforcement in quickly [identifying] not only the source, but the entire distribution network, to include users.
Our investigation revealed they would make numerous trips to Massachusetts to pick up the product, Mr. Champagne said.
He added that the information law enforcement obtained through the investigation has been passed onto Massachusetts authorities.
During the execution of a search warrant of their residence at 10 Lake Street in Chateaugay, police located a .32-calibre handgun reported stolen from Massachusetts in 2010, an additional half ounce of cocaine, five marijuana plants, a small amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and records of sales.
The defendants are also being referred for public assistance fraud, as they are suspected of receiving benefits from the county and the state while profiting from their drug trade, the release reads.
I think the firearm is an important subject, Mr. Champagne said. The fact that law enforcement took a stolen handgun from Massachusetts off the streets in Chateaugay, New York that is connected to [narcotic] distribution is an alarming fact. Its very indicative to the violence that goes hand-in-hand with the drug trade.
Mr. Champagne said the investigation is on-going and more arrests are pending.