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Massena man posts $500 bail, released after being picked up on bench warrant

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BENCH WARRANT - MASSENA - Village police picked up Doulgas M. Monroe, 28, of 56 Grove St., Massena, on a bench warrant at 10 p.m. Friday in the American Legion parking lot on East Orvis Street. The warrant, issued by the Massena Village Court on June 3, alleged Monroe had failed to appear as dorected on third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of hypodermic instrument charges. He was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and released after posting $500 cash bail.

Village police had charged Monroe with third-degree criminal possession of narcotics with intent to sell and three counts of possession of a hypodermic needle and a traffic stop at 7:55 p.m. April 23 on state Route 37.

Monroe was reportedly in possession of six packets of heroin located in the center console of the vehicle he was riding in being operated by a woman identified in court papers at the time as his girlfriend.

Monroe was a passenger in a vehicle being operated by Amanda L. Kerr, Oliver Road, Massena. Kerr was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, three counts of possession of hypodermic instruments and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (heroin) and ticketed for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and operating a vehicle with unsafe tires and obstructed vision.

Kerr, in her statement to police, said the village patrolman told her he had pulled her over because she had an obstructed view with a couple of air fresheners and her work ID badge hanging from her rear view mirror. He said he also told her she had an bald rear tire on her vehicle.

The drugs were located after Kerr reportedly consented to have her vehicle searched. “This officer found my two needles I had in my center console storage area and asked about them. I told them they were mine, and I did use them to shoot up heroin. He also had located Doug’s packets of heroin he had tried to hide from them as we were being pulled over,” she added in her statement.

Ptl. Travis MacDonald, in his supporting deposition, said as he was approaching the vehicle he had observed the passenger reach down appearing to be either hiding or grabbing something from the floorboard.

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