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Two alleged to sell cocaine in Watertown

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Two men, including an ex-convict, were arraigned Thursday in Jefferson County Court on sealed indictments alleging they had and sold cocaine in Watertown.

Travis L. Worrell, 23, of 152 Woodruff St., is charged with two counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, as well as a single count of fourth-degree conspiracy.

It is alleged that he sold the drug on a day in early April and again three days later and that he conspired with others to possess the drug with the intent to sell it.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was sent to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building by Judge Kim H. Martusewicz on $20,000 bail.

Mr. Worrell is serving five years’ probation imposed in June in County Court for guilty pleas to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon as a result of separate incidents. In those cases, he admitted that he possessed cocaine in Watertown in November 2010 and possessed a pistol in the city in January 2011.

Winston A. Strachan, 32, who provided police with a Miami Gardens, Fla., address, faces two counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Police alleged that he sold cocaine twice on the same mid-January day. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was ordered held on $25,000 bail.

According to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website, Mr. Strachan was sentenced in 1996 in Kings County to two to six years in prison for burglary and attempted grand larceny convictions. He served two years and was released under parole supervision.

In arguing for bail, District Attorney Cindy F. Intschert told Judge Martusewicz that he is currently on probation in Kings County.

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