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Police: Ogdensburg man busted with drug stash, $30G cash

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OGDENSBURG — City police arrested a Franklin Street resident Sunday for allegedly intending to sell 53 morphine pills and chunks of methamphetamine.

Wade Creighton, 32, of 222 Franklin St., Apt. 2, was charged by city police with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all felonies.

He was also charged with misdemeanor criminal possession of marijuana.

Police said he also allegedly had crack cocaine.

Police said they seized approximately $30,000 in cash and drug-packaging materials.

Mr. Creighton was arraigned Monday in city court and sent to St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, on $20,000 cash or $40,000 bail bond. He is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on Friday.

Detective Daniel Mousaw said that on Sunday at 9 p.m., police were asked to accompany a state parole officer to the apartment and stand by while the parole officer conducted a house check.

The visit led to the discovery of the drugs and cash, police said.

Mr. Mousaw said Tuesday that Mr. Creighton isn’t likely to face additional charges, and police do not expect to make more arrests in connection with the case.

Mr. Creighton allegedly had drugs including marijuana, crack cocaine, “crystal meth” methamphetamine and three types of morphine derivative pills. Police said they also found heroin, hashish, Suboxone and suspected Fentanyl patches.

The four-plus ounces of crack cocaine that were found, Mr. Mousaw said in a prepared statement, carry a street value of $65,000.

The street value of the methamphetamine, which police said amounted to an eighth of an ounce, is estimated at approximately $8,000.

“It was a significant seizure and arrest,” Mr. Mousaw said.

Mr. Mousaw said police have no illusions that Mr. Creighton’s arrest will do much to interrupt or even “make a dent in” the city’s illegal drug activity.

This is not Mr. Creighton’s first brush with the law. In January 2011, Mr. Creighton was charged by city police with fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance for allegedly possessing an unspecified amount of cocaine.

Mr. Creighton had been released on parole in 2009, having been sentenced to 10 years in state prison in 2002 after accepting a plea deal in the murder of Andrew O’Marah, 15, who was found dead Feb. 27, 2001, near the Algonquin Dam on the Oswegatchie River.

Under the plea agreement, the murder charge was dropped in exchange for a guilty plea on a previous burglary charge in an unrelated case in which he attacked and injured a Lisbon man with a shovel.

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