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Massena Police charge quartet following drug investigation into heroin, crack cocaine sales

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By RYNE R. MARTIN

MASSENA - Four people - three Massena residents and a New York City man - were charged with felony counts following the execution of a search warrant Friday night on the South Grasse River Road in the town of Massena that was culmination of an undercover investigation conducted by the Massena Narcotics Enforcement Unit and the St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force.

Police charged Shawn W. Woodberry, 33, of 10825 Liverpool St., Jamaica, Queens, New York City, with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and one count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Woodberry was allegedly in possession 20 grams of crack cocaine and 2 grams of heroin. He was also in possession of a Taser gun. Police said Woodberry has a prior criminal conviction and is not allowed to possess any weapons.

According to the New York state Department of Corrections and Community Services website, Woodberry was sentenced to one to three years in state prison in February 2002 fin Broome County for a third-degree attempted sale of a controlled substance conviction. He had been sentenced to three years in prison in July 2006 for a third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance conviction from Broome County. He was released from the Franklin Correctional Facility, Malone, at the expiration of his parole sentence on Aug. 7, 2012.

He was arraigned by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with no bail set. Mr. Gustafson told the New York City man he was unable to set bail since Woodberry has two or more prior felony convictions.

Timothy D. Alguire Jr., 34, of 95 South Grasse River Road, Massena, was charged with one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and first-degree criminal nuisance.

The criminal nuisance charge alleges Alguire allowed drug activity to take place at his residence and benefitted by gaining money and controlled substances for allowing the illegal activity to take place at his residence, police alleged.

Investigators also said Alguire was in possession of 1 gram of a substance that reportedly field tested positive for heroin packaged in several plastic bags that were allegedly designed for sale of the product.

Alguire, who has one prior misdemeanor conviction and has three felony and two misdemeanor arrests on his criminal history, was arraigned by Mr. Gustafson and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.

His attorney, St. Lawrence County Assistant Public Defender Steven G. Ballan, was present for the arraignment and had asked the court to release his client under the supervision of the probation department.

Cindy M. Alguire, 33, also of 95 South Grasse River Road, Massena, was also charged with one felony count of first-degree criminal nuisance. She was arraigned by Mr. Gustafson and released under the supervision of the probation department.

Police said heroin, crack cocaine, a sum of U.S. currency and the stun gun were seized during the search warrant.

The St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force includes members from the Massena, Potsdam, Gouverneur and City of Ogdensburg police departments, the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Police.

Police said Robert A. Gonyou, 37, of 2 Ripley St., Massena, was taken into custody shortly after 8:30 p.m. Friday when he showed up at 95 South Grasse River Road during the execution of the search warrant.

Police said Gonyou was arrested on a bench warrant signed in October 2013 alleging he had failed to appear in Massena Village Court as directed on second-degree unlawful imprisonment, second-degree harassment and fourth-degree criminal mischief counts.

Gonyou was arraigned on the warrant by Mr. Gustafson and released after posting $250 bail.

He reportedly started throwing items around the home, including a table he threw across he room, and broke the windows in two doors when he slammed them during the argument with Tina Fumano on May 2013.

Ms. Fumano told police she was scared and tried to leave the residence, but she said Gonyou had pulled her back into the house several times when she attempted to leave the residence.

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