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Posted on: November 2, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Whitehall man eats heroin after arrest

Garth Martell

According to Sheriff Jeffrey J. Murphy, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Whitehall man after investigating a vehicle off the road.

On October 31, 2015 at 12:15 pm, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a vehicle off the roadway on State Route 4 in the Town of Whitehall. The driver, Garth A. Martel, 26, of North Williams Street in Whitehall, was found to have a suspended license as well as an active warrant for his arrest out of the Town of Fort Edward for an original charge of tampering with evidence.

Martel was taken into custody and brought to the Whitehall Police Department for processing. While there, Martel began acting suspicious and a more detailed search of Martel's person was conducted. During that search, a small packet of heroin fell from one of Martel's socks. Martel began to struggle with the deputy and was able to eat a second packet of heroin as the deputy attempted to prevent him from ingesting it.

Martel was transported to the Glens Falls Hospital by ambulance and was lethargic upon arrival. He was treated, later released and arraigned in Whitehall Court for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree and tampering with physical evidence, a felony. Martel was remanded to the Washington County Correctional Facility for lack of $2500 cash or $5,000 bail bond.

The case was handled by Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Diamond with assistance from Patrolman Joseph Bethel of the Whitehall Police Department.

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