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Posted on: November 18, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Multi-agency drug investigation results in 11 arrests

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District Attorney Jordan, BCI Captain Coburn, NYSP, Sheriff Murphy, Chief Derway and Chief Bassett announced today the arrest of multiple subjects involved in the trafficking of narcotics in the Washington County area.

A year-long investigation culminated in the arrests early Wednesday morning. This was a multi-agency investigation which included officers from the New York State Police, the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the Fort Edward Police Department, the Granville Police Department and the Hudson Falls Police Department. The Investigation was assisted by the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) And the State Police’s Special Operations Response Team (SORT).

These arrests are a continuing part of the County’s effort to combat and eliminate the sale of illegal drugs in Washington County. Although it is important to continue providing dynamic treatment and prevention programs, eliminating the source of illegal drugs is equally as important and today a significant number of suppliers were taken off the street.

The early morning operation resulted in the arrests of 11 individuals, many of whom were considered to be mid to high level drug dealers in the area.

Arrested were:

Kevin Strainer, 32 years old of East Street in Fort Edward, charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon, with other charges pending.

Crystal Leo, 26 years old of East Street in Fort Edward, charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Other charges are pending.

Phillip (Rusty) Martell, 57 years old of County Route 25 in Granville, charged with Criminal Sale of Controlled Substance 4th Degree. Other charges pending.

James Cary, 60 years old of County Route 25 in Granville, charged with Criminal Sale of Controlled Substance 3rd Degree. Other charges pending.

Jason Cary, 33 years old of County Route 25 in Granville, charged with Criminal Sale of Controlled Substance 4th Degree. Other charges pending.

Jacqueline Wallace, 33 years old of Park Ave. in Granville, charged with Criminal Sale of Controlled Substance 4th Degree. Other charges pending.

Michael LaFountain, 33 years old of LaFountain Lane in Granville, charged with Criminal Sale of Controlled Substance 4th Degree. Other charges pending.

Devon Lewis, 26 years old of DeKalb Road in Granville, charged with Criminal Sale of Controlled Substance 4th Degree. Other charges pending.

Tyrone Wood, 19 years old of Thunder Road in Salem, charged with Criminal Facilitation 4th Degree. Other charges pending.

Robert Curavoo, 37 years old of Stage Road in Benson, VT, and Keriann Whitney, 39 years old of County Route 17 in Granville were each charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.

Strainer and Leo were arraigned in the Fort Edward Court and remanded to Washington County Jail. Tyrone Wood was arraigned in Queensbury Court. Curavoo and Whitney were issued Appearance Tickets for a future court date, and all other subjects were brought directly to Washington County Jail pending arraignment in County Court.

The execution of a Search Warrant at the Strainer residence in Fort Edward resulted in the seizure of Cocaine, Marijuana, approximately $1700.00 cash and several firearms including a 9mm assault rifle with ammunition.

This investigation is testament to the determination of all the participating agencies in the County to work together to combat the influx of narcotics into the Washington County area.

(District Attorney press release)

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