AKWESASNE - Two men were charged after they were allegedly found in possession of 28.4 pounds of marijuana.
Jess C. Thompson, 31, of Cornwall Island, Ont., and Mark D. George, 21, of Skye, Que., were charged with first-degree criminal possession of marijuana.
According to a release from the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Marine Unit was patrolling the St. Lawrence Center on Nov. 27 when they observed a suspicious vessel coming from Cornwall Island toward the U.S. portion of Akwesasne. They said the Marine Unit observed the boat traveling toward the U.S. portion of the St. Regis River, where they found the boat stranded on the frozen river.
Police said two occupants were observed jumping out of their boat onto the thin layer of ice and going through into the icy river. Tribal Police Marine Unit officers rescued the two men from the water, with the Mohawk Council Ambulance assisting at the scene. Police also recovered the boat. The Tribal Police K-9 searched the vessel and discovered a large black bag containing 28.4 pounds of marijuana, they said.
Thompson and George were arraigned in Fort Covington Town Court and sent to the Franklin County Jail on $50,000 cash bail each.