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Three charged with heroin possession


Hundreds of bags of heroin were discovered in a town of Watertown motel room Thursday, and three men were charged in the investigation.

Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies initially arrested Anthony M. Cusson, 25, of 327 Walker Ave., and Sir-Paris Hall, 22, New York City, during a traffic stop about 1 p.m. Tuesday on Route 11 in the town of Watertown. Police said they subsequently found 30 bags of heroin, valued at $600, inside the vehicle.

But that led to another arrest and the seizure of heroin worth $12,000 from a Route 11 motel room, said Chris L. Cuppernell, supervisor of the Metro-Jeff Drug Task Force.

After the drug task force got involved in the investigation, Mason J. Cooper, 21, also of New York City, was arrested at the Relax Inn, Room 102, 19325 Route 11, where he allegedly was in possession of 562 bags of heroin, Mr. Cuppernell said.

Describing it as a “mid-level” drug operation, Mr. Cuppernell said nearly 600 bags of heroin is considered “a lot” for this area. Heroin typically is sold by the tenth of a gram, he said, noting that the bags were half the size of a postage stamp.

Mr. Cuppernell said he believes Mr. Cusson was “the local connection” and the other two men came up from the Bronx, presumably to sell to other dealers.

“He was driving them around,” Mr. Cuppernell said. “They set up operations in the hotel room and were using it as their home base.”

The men were each charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. Mr. Cusson also was charged with two counts of second-degree forgery, first-degree identity theft, first-degree falsifying business records, second-degree criminal impersonation and second-degree obstruction, related to providing false information during booking at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building.

All three were arraigned in Watertown City Court. Mr. Cusson and Mr. Cooper were sent to the Public Safety Building on $20,000 bail each, while Mr. Hall was held on $15,000 bail.

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