MASSENA Cash, heroin, cocaine and marijuana were seized and four people were arrested in drug busts in the village and just outside the village limits in the town of Norfolk Friday morning.
Star Perrin, 33, Ian Hendricks, 19, Adam Gauthier, 25, and Matthew Malu, 25, were taken into custody under federal indictment for possession and distribution of heroin and cocaine, Police Chief Timmy J. Currier said.
Malu, who was on trial this week on a burglary charge, was found not guilty by a St. Lawrence County jury Friday morning. He was accused of trying to break into the home of Andrew Courson at 26 Haskell St. on Dec. 27.
Once he was released from custody by St. Lawrence County sheriffs deputies after the acquittal, Malu had approximately 17 seconds of freedom before he was arrested on the federal drug charges.
The suspects charged were arrested in the early morning raids of homes at 48 Woodlawn Ave. and 177 Center St. in Massena and 287 Cook Road, Norfolk.
This was the second phase of Operation Problem Child, Chief Currier said. Its all a part of a multi-agency investigation that has been going on for several months.
On Sept. 5, law enforcement officers arrested 10 people on drug trafficking charges in the first phase of the investigation.
■ Patrick Lloyd, aka Problem, 25, of New York City, formerly of 16 Haskell St., Massena.
■ Jessica Monaghan, 26, of 2 Willow St., Apt. 102, Massena.
■ Codi Burke, 21, of 108 North Main St., Massena.
■ Michael Spencer, aka Don, 25, of New York City, also of Route 56, Louisville.
■ Bernie Russo, 35, of 546 South Main St., Massena.
■ Kimberly Jandrew, 27, of 49 Maple St., Massena.
■ Justin Brailsford, 25, of Massena.
■ Jon Garcia, 22, of New York City.
■ Zachary Huto, 21, formerly of 6 Brighton St., Massena.
■ Leslie Moore, 27, of 40 Willow St., Massena.
■ Paul Williams, aka Cash, 30, of Massena, also of New York City.
Because of the number of people involved and the wide geographic size of the investigation, with drugs coming in from New York City, it required us to reach out to our federal and state partners to work on this case, Chief Currier said.
Lead agencies in the bust included the village and state police, the federal Department of Homeland Security, and the St. Lawrence County Sheriffs Department.
Todays second round of search warrants and arrests should demonstrate that this agency is committed to working with our law enforcement partners at the federal, state, county and local level to deal with the illegal drug problem in our community, Chief Currier said. We will not sit by and allow this illegal and dangerous activity to flourish here in Massena.
Law enforcement officials have previously identified Lloyd and Malu as major players in the two rival groups that were fighting to gain control of the heroin market in Massena. Both men are now in custody on federal custody. Lloyd is also facing an eight-year prison term after he pleaded guilty to attempted kidnapping earlier this month in St. Lawrence County Court.
He was accused of attempting to kidnap Catherine Berry, who was associated with Malu at the time of that incident. Berry was reportedly dating Lloyd associate Codi Burke when she was taken into custody on federal charges Sept. 5.