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Eight Massena residents among group arrested on federal drug trafficking charges


MASSENA — Federal, state and county law enforcement officials on Thursday announced the arrest of 11 people on drug trafficking charges.

United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian announced the arrests at a news conference.

“Today, in the early morning hours, approximately 100 law enforcement officers and 15 federal, state, local and tribal agencies arrested 10 individuals on drug trafficking charges. On the superseding indictment... (it) charges 12 people with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute over 500 grams of cocaine, over 28 grams of cocaine base, which is crack cocaine, and heroin, in Franklin County, St. Lawrence County and Clinton County,” Mr. Hartunian said. “The indictment is unsealed as to three defendants from New York City and eight defendants who reside here, in and around the Massena area.”

The eight Massena residents arrested were Jessica Monaghan, 26; Codi Burke, 21; Bernie Russo, 35; Kimberly Jandrew, 27; Justin Brailsford, 25; Zachary Huto, 21; Leslie Moore, 27; and Paul Williams, 30.

The defendants from New York City were Patrick Lloyd, 25; Michael Spencer, 25; and Jon Garcia, 22.

A twelfth person is charged in the indictment but has not yet been arrested.

“In addition, four search warrants were executed in Massena today resulting in the seizures of handguns, cocaine and heroin,” Mr. Hartunian said.

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