OGDENSBURG Four city residents were jailed Tuesday after being indicted in St. Lawrence County Court for allegedly dealing crack cocaine and prescription painkillers in the city.
City police and members of the St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force arrested Kelly J. Ellard-Staton, 37, of 125 Belmont Courts, David A. Hazelton, 37, of 211 Belmont Courts, Jeffrey W. Brenno, 56, of 212 Linden Lane, and Edwin G. Roach Jr., 53, of 511 Knox St.
A fifth person was taken into custody Tuesday evening on drug charges, but city police said they could not release specific information until the suspect was arraigned today in County Court.
City police said Ms. Ellard-Staton was charged with four counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Mr. Hazelton and Mr. Roach were both charged with two counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Mr. Roach additionally was charged with one count each of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree possession, which were the same charges brought against Mr. Brenno.
All of the charges against the four are felonies.
Mr. Brenno and Mr. Roach are accused of selling Vicodin, a prescription narcotic painkiller. Ms. Ellard-Staton and Mr. Hazelton were accused of dealing crack cocaine.
Ms. Ellard-Staton and Mr. Hazelton were sent to St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, on $25,000 bail or $50,000 bond each. Mr. Brenno was jailed on $20,000 bail or bond, and Mr. Roach was jailed on $15,000 bail or $20,000 bond. Police said more arrests are pending.
Police said as they were serving the four with arrest warrants, they saw Anthony Hester, alias Q, 24, of Brooklyn, attempting to hide drug paraphernalia on his person. He allegedly gave police a false name and presented someone elses state identification card. Police said they found he was wanted on a state parole warrant out of New York City for absconding. He originally had been charged with first-degree robbery, city police said.
He was charged with second-degree criminal impersonation and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was arraigned in City Court and sent to county jail without bail.