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Massena traffic stop leads to two drug charges

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MASSENA - A traffic stop on Woodlawn Avenue led to drug-related charges on two Massena-area residents that were passengers in the vehicle.

Village police said they stopped a vehicle being operated by Gerald Dissottle Jr., 22, of 532 Elliot Road, Norwood, and ticketed him for failure to properly signal a turn and failure to produce a license after he turned into a driveway at 100 Woodlawn Ave. at 6:36 p.m. Thursday.

During the traffic stop, police said Rachel E. Riley, 23, of 2224 state Route 420, Massena, was taken into custody on a bench warrant for failure to appear as directed on a petit larceny count pending in Massena court.

Police said Riley consented to a search of her purse, where they said they located two used hypodermic needles and a packet containing a light brown powdery substance that tested positive for heroin. She was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic needle.

Another passenger in the vehicle, Derek Sessions, 22, of 15 Remington Ave., Norfolk, was also charged with possession of a hypodermic needle.

Riley and Sessions were arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.

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