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Ogdensburg man, woman arrested on felony drug charges

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A city man and woman residing at a fire-ravaged apartment building at 316 Caroline St. were arrested on felony drug charges Wednesday.

Arthur P. Baker III, 20, and Taylor M. Amo, 18, both residents of 316 Caroline St., apartment 4, are alleged to have been in possession of “preparations, compounds, mixtures or substances containing marijuana of an aggregate weight of more than one pound,” according to police.

The marijuana was found after Ogdensburg Department Narcotics Enforcement Unit officers executed a search warrant of the couple’s apartment at 2 p.m. Wednesday, according to Ogdensburg City Court records.

Ogdensburg said in a press release Thursday that neither Ms. Amo nor Mr. Baker were present at the time of the search warrant because the building was damaged during the structure fire that occurred there the night before.

In addition to having more than two pounds of marijuana, police also allegedly found Mr. Baker to be in possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms. The mushrooms were found in a clear plastic baggy in a glass jar in a closet with other jars of labeled marijuana and a ledger consistent with the sales of a controlled substance, according to a statement from Ogdensburg City Police Det. Daniel F. Mousaw.

Police say Mr. Baker was also in possession of a grinder, packaging materials and two butane torches used to make concentrated marijuana.

In addition to the marijuana and mushroom charges, Ms. Amo was also charged with a class A misdemeanor for allegedly possessing several hydrocodone pills without a prescription.

Detectives also discovered over five thousand dollars in cash.

The duo was arraigned in Ogdensburg City Court before Judge Gary R. Alford.

Mr. Baker was charged with second-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class D felony, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony, and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony.

Ms. Amo was charged with second-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class D felony and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor.

The St. Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office had recommended that Mr. Baker and Ms. Amo be held on $5,000 cash bail each, but Judge Alford disagreed, saying neither defendant had a prior criminal record and posed no flight risk. They were released to the supervision of probation.

Both Mr. Baker and Ms. Amo resided at 316 Caroline St., an apartment building that was ravaged by fire late Tuesday night.

Investigators say the fire started in an upstairs bedroom and was electrical in origin.

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