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MALONE - Local law enforcement officials announced on Wednesday that 12 individuals were arrested as suspected drug dealers in a Fraklin County sweep. Three suspects were arrested on Monday and nine were arrested on Wednesday morning.

New York State Police Troop B Commander Richard Smith, along with Malone Village Police Chief Chris Premo, Franklin County Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill, St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Brian Barnes, and Mike Chase of U.S. Border Patrol all met at the Malone state police substation for a news conference.

Mr. Smithsaid the individuals were arrested due to suspected possession and sale of controlled substances.

“Each of the arrestees was committed to the Franklin County Jail,” Mr. Smith said. “It is the result of an eight month investigation.”

He added that the suspects were found to be on public assistance and were allegedly selling the prescription drugs they obtained through as a means of income..

“Parents have to be acutely aware of their prescription medications,” Mr. Mulverhill said. “Once you’re done with that drug, you need to dispose of it.”

While most of the drugs allegedly sold by suspects were prescription drugs, a news release said cocaine, heroin and benzylpiperazine, which the U.S. National Library of Medicine says is an illegal recreational stimulant, were also allegedly sold.

Though most of the values of the drugs were not given, Mr. Premo said one suboxone pill, a prescription drug sold by one of the suspects, has a street value of $30.

A dissolvable strip of the drug values on the street between $30 and $40.

Mr. Premo added that to make it appear to law enforcement that they are taking their prescriptions, a suspect might start taking it several days before a scheduled drug test.

Mr. Smith said there may be subsequent arrestsp.

He added that the arrests were made without incident.

Forty members of law enforcement were involved in the operation and were from the New York State Police, the Malone Village Police Department, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Department, the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, Saranac Lake Police Department, Tupper Lake Police Department, U.S. Border Patrol, Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security Investigations.

Suspects arrested and charged on Wednesday are:

■ Timothy M. Machin, 33, of Moira was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance (oxycodone). He was arraigned in Bangor Town Court in front of Judge Frederick Boardway and remanded to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.

■ Melissa A. Cook, 46, of Malone was charged with third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance (morphine). She was arraigned in Bangor Town Court before Judge Frederick Boardway and remanded to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.

■ Edward G. Cummings, 56, of Westville was charged with fourth-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance (Vicodin). He was arraigned in Bangor Town Court in front of Judge Frederick Boardway and remanded to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

■ Jason M. Fuller, 29, of Burke was charged with three counts each of third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone/heroin). He was arraigned in Malone Town Court before Judge Michael Lamitie and remanded to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail or $30,000 bond.

■ Timothy F. Trimm, 39, of Massena was charged with fifth-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance (benzylpiperazine). He was arraigned in Fort Covington Town Court before Judge Clayton Almond and remanded to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.

■ Rebecca L. Cooney, 36, of Massena was charged with fifth-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance (benzylpiperazine). She was arraigned in Fort Covington Town Court in front of Judge Clayton Almond and remanded to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.

■ Catherine Tambini-Dustin, 46, of Fort Covington was charged with two counts each of fifth-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance (lyrica/xanax). She was arraigned in Malone Town Court before Judge Michael Lamitie and remanded to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.

■ Shawn M. Dustin, 23, of Fort Covington was charged with third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance (cocaine). He was arraigned in Malone Town Court before Judge Michael Lamitie and remanded to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.

Tambini-Dustin and Dustin are mother and son.

■ Robert M. Dresser, 44, of Malone was charged with fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance (suboxone) and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (suboxone). He was arraigned in Malone Town Court in front of Judge Michael Lamitie and remanded to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

Arrested and charged on Monday:

■ Melissa Papineau, 35, of Hogansburg was charged with third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone). She was remanded to Franklin County Jail without bail and is awaiting arraignment in Franklin County Court, scheduled for Dec. 20.

■ Husband and wife duo Crystal Cook, 34, and Owen Swamp, 35, both of Hogansburg were charged with one count each of third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance (cocaine). They were both remanded to Franklin County Jail without bail and are awaiting arraignment in Franklin County Court on Dec. 20.







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