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Canadian man forfeits vehicle following drug seizure

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MASSENA - A Canadian man found trying to enter the United States with four pounds of marijuana in his vehicle’s trunk agreed to forfeit his 2004 Audi A4 that had been seized at the time of his arrest as part of a plea bargain agreement that allowed him to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge.

Massena-based state police had charged Daniel Menard, 25, of 339 2nd Ave., L’Ile Perrot, Que., with second-degree criminal possession of marijuana after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers allegedly found him in possession of four pounds of marijuana at 7:59 p.m. March 8 during a secondary inspection at the U.S. port of entry in Rooseveltown.

The 65 ounces of marijuana were located in a box in the trunk of the Audi during a secondary at the port of entry, police said.

Prosectors agreed to reduce the felony drug count to a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana after Menard agreed to forfeit his rights to his vehicle and sign forfeiture paperwork.

Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow fined Menard $250 and a $205 surcharge for the fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana conviction.

In other recent court action before Judge Sharlow:

• Lucas R. Tarbell, 20, of 1409 state Route 37, Hogansburg, was released from custody and placed under the supervision of the probation department.

Family members told Mr. Sharlow they felt the incarceration had benefitted the Hogansburg man.

“Time in jail has smartened him up,” his mother told the court.

Tarbell had been incarcerated at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility since Aug. 7 when Massena-based state police picked him up on a bench warrant for allegedly violating the conditions of his release on a reckless endangerment count. He had been held at the county jail with bail set at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.

Massena-based state police had charged Tarbell with four counts of second-degree reckless endangerment and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child on Dec. 4.

Karl R. Ladue told state police he was traveling on the North Raquette Road at approximately 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4 when his car was rammed four or five times in the rear, and then the other driver tried to spin him out two or three times. He said he had a 6-year-old and a 7-year-old in his car when the incident took place.

He said a short time later he saw a U.S. Border Patrol agent parked off East Hatfield Street and stopped to seek assistance. Tarbell also allegedly pulled into the area where the Border Patrol agent was parked.

“At that time,” Mr. Ladue said in a statement he reportedly signed for police, “I realized who it was ramming me.”

The two men argued in front of the Border Patrol agent, with Tarbell demanding payment of money he had provided Mr. Ladue, a police report said.

“Earlier in the day, I told Lucas I would get him a hundred dollar’s worth of pot for money I owed him from two weeks ago,” Mr. Ladue said in his statement to troopers.

Tarbell, in his statement to state police, provided a different version of the same story. He told troopers he had given Mr. Ladue $100 to get marijuana. He said Mr. Ladue left with his money, pulled into a nearby driveway and then took off approximately five minutes later with his headlights off.

The Hogansburg man said he had chased Mr. Ladue down the Rooseveltown Road and Route 37C before turning onto North Raquette Road and coming upon a slow-moving vehicle.

“I have bad tires on my car. One tire locked up and was squealing. I was going to hit him so I turned right to try an go around him to avoid him and basically tapped the right rear bumper on his vehicle,” Tarbell said.

The bench warrant had been signed by Mr. Sharlow after St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police charged Tarbell with driving while intoxicated and driving while ability impaired. He was also ticketed for failure to produce a license and unsafe backing. The uniform court report the probation department filed with the court said the latest arrest had taken place in front of a residence known by police to be the site of drug activity.

• Jaimee Square, 28, of 7 Paul Taxi Road, Cornwall Island, Ont., was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal.

She had been charged with trespassing on April 29 after she entered the Duty Free America store near the port of entry in Rooseveltown.

Court documents indicated Square had been repeatedly told she was no longer allowed in the store following an incident in the summer of 2013 when she allegedly provided store employees with a false name when making a purchase and then shouted obscenities when they questioned her actual identity.

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