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MALONE - Local, state and federal law enforcement officers arrested eight peopleFriday, including a Massena man,as part of a two-county drug sweep.

Two others had been arrested earlier as a result of the investigation, and at least five more suspects were still being sought.

Malone Village Police, New York State Police, U.S. Border Patrol agents, St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police, Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies and members of the Franklin County Narcotics Task Force were involved in the Malone-area arrests.

The following defendants were arrested in the Malone-area portion of the roundup:

■ Curtis Kendrick, 27, of Malone was arrested on charges of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Authorities said Kendrick was found with heroin. He is being held in the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash or $20,000 property bond.

■ Trevor M. Marsh, 24, of Dickinson Center was arrested on charges of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine). He is being held on $10,000 cash or $20,000 property bond.

■ Dennis D. Mulverhill Jr., 23, is in custody at the Albany County Jail and was arrested on charges of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (heroin).

■ Howard P. Petell, 24, of Malone was arrested on charges of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree of criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree of criminal possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone and Lyrica). Petell is being held on a $10,000 cash or $20,000 property bond.

■ Cory R. Rockhill, 37, was arrested while in custody at the Franklin County Jail on charges of two counts of fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (Suboxone). Rockhill is being held on a $10,000 cash or $20,000 property bond.

■ Cody R. Lachance, 25, of Constable was arrested on charges of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substances He is being held on a $10,000 cash or $20,000 property bond. Lachance was allegedly found with heroin.

■ Dakota C. Pond, 20, of Dickinson was arrested on charges of third-degree sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine). She is being held on a $5,000 cash or $10,000 property bond.

■ James J. Besaw, 36, of Massena was arrested on charges of second-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and second-degree criminal possession of a criminal substance (Ecstasy). He is being held on a $25,000 cash or $50,000 property bond.

Arrested on March 4 as part of this investigation were:

■ Anthony K. Walker, 29, of Constable was arrested on charges of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine).

* Thomas P. Nesbitt, 36, of Malone was arrested on charges of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a criminal substance (heroin).

Law enforcement officials also reported arrests in Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake in Franklin County and in Essex County.

The bust comes roughly seven months after authorities arrested 28 people in what was described as the largest one-day drug bust ever in the county.

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