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Ogdensburg man fined for heroin possession in Massena

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MASSENA - An Ogdensburg man charged with possessing a small quantity of heroin has been fined after pleading guilty to a reduced count.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson fined Christopher J. Reinhardt, 27, of 834 Ford St.,Ogdensburg, $95 and a $205 surcharge for a seventh-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance conviction.

He had been charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.

Village police had charged Mr. Reinhardt following a stop at 10:56 p.m. Aug. 13 on Francis Street following a call for assistance from the U.S. Border Patrol. He was then turned over to village police.

Police said he was found in possession of three packages of a heroin weighing one gram, and a vehicle search had located razor blades and hundreds of paper baggies that authorities suggested were often used to package heroin.

He was sentenced in October 2009 in Oswego County Court to three years in state prison for a third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance conviction.

He was released from prison and placed under parole supervision on Aug. 20, 2012.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Bryce J. Lever, 26, of 105A State St., Rensselaer Falls, was fined $400 and a $260 surcharge after a driving while intoxicated count was reduced to a driving while ability impaired charge. His operating privileges were suspended for 90 days.

Mr. Lever was charged with driving while intoxicated and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle at 12:38 a.m. June 19 following a traffic stop on Andrews Street. He reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.14 percent. A blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher constitutes a driving while intoxicated count.

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