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Four Ogdensburg residents jailed for crack cocaine, narcotic sales


Four city residents were jailed Tuesday after being indicted in St. Lawrence County Court for 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 1062 Washington St., 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 was additionally 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.

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 gave police a false name and presented someone else’s state identification card. Police said they found he was wanted on a state parole warrant out of New York City for absconding. He had been originally 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 St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, without bail.

Ms. Ellard-Staton and Mr. Hazelton were each sent to county jail on $25,000 cash or $50,000 bail bond. Mr. Brenno was jailed on $20,000 bail or bond, and Mr. Roach was jailed on $15,000 cash or $20,000 bond. Police said more arrests are pending.

Ogdensburg Det. Daniel Mousaw said Mr. Hester, although he was not arrested as a direct result of their drug investigation, Ms. Ellard-Staton and Mr. Hazelton were associated with four Buffalo men arrested late last year for operating a crack cocaine ring at Belmont Courts.

He declined further comment because the investigation is continuing.

Charles J.H. Caviness, 24; Eldridge Gossom, 25; Andre L. Wilson, 40; and Tige K. Smith Jr., 24, were all charged Dec. 6 with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Class B felony, following a raid by city police on an apartment at 325 Belmont Courts.

Police said the arrests were the culmination of an ongoing investigation into crack cocaine trafficking in the city. All four have entered not guilty pleas to the charges in county court.

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