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Massena man jailed for possessing heroin following traffic stop

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INTENT TO SELL - MASSENA - Village police charged Douglas M. Monroe, 27, of 69 Oliver Road, Massena, with third-degree criminal possession of narcotics with intent to sell and three counts of possession of a hypodermic needle following a traffic stop at 7:55 p.m. Tuesday on state Route 37.

Monroe was reportedly in possession of six packets of heroin located in the center console of the vehicle he was riding in and being operated by his girlfriend.

He was arraigned by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and sent to the St. Lawrence Correctional Facility with bail set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

“That’s kind of steep,” Monroe told the village justice, “and I don’t understand why this is a felony.”

Monroe was a passenger in a vehicle being operated by Amanda L. Kerr, 25, also of 69 Oliver Road, Massena. Kerr was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, three counts of possession of hypodermic instruments and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (heroin) and ticketed for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and operating a vehicle with unsafe tires and obstructed vision.

Kerr, in her statement to police, said the village patrolman told her he had pulled her over because she had an obstructed view with a couple of air fresheners and her work ID badge hanging from her rear view mirror. He said he also told her she had a bald rear tire on her vehicle.

The drugs were located after Kerr reportedly consented to have her vehicle searched.

“This officer found my two needles. I had in my center console storage area and asked about them. I told them they were mine, and I did use them to shoot up heroin. He also had located Doug’s packets of heroin he had tried to hide from them as we were being pulled over,” she added in her statement.

Ptl. Travis MacDonald, in his supporting deposition, said as he was approaching the vehicle he had observed the passenger reach down appearing to be either hiding or grabbing something from the floorboard.

Kerr was released on appearance tickets.

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