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Heuvelton man accused of bringing drugs into treatment center

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OGDENSBURG — A Heuvelton man who allegedly tried to smuggle drugs into an addiction treatment center was charged by city police Thursday with six misdemeanor counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Eric S. Lalonde, 29, of 4555 Route 812, was arrested at Hamilton Hall, on the grounds of the St. Lawrence Addiction Treatment Center, about 12:45 p.m. with 27 suboxone strips, one OxyContin pill, 27 clonazepam pills, one buprenorphine hydrochloride pill and four methylphenidate pills.

Suboxone and buprenorphine hydrochloride are drugs used to treat opiate addiction.

OxyContin is a narcotic painkiller.

Methylphenidate is a drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

According to court documents, Mr. Lalonde did not have prescriptions from a doctor for any of the medications.

The medicine allegedly was found on Mr. Lalonde’s person by Patricia J. Hewko, who discovered it when Mr. Lalonde was changing behind a curtain, according to her statement to police.

In her deposition, Ms. Hewko said, “While [Mr. Lalonde] was disrobing, a cellphone and other items of contraband fell onto the floor.”

When Mr. Lalonde took off his boxer shorts, Ms. Hewko said, she could hear plastic crinkling. She said at that point she asked Mr. Lalonde to hand over the drugs and contacted police.

Mr. Lalonde was arraigned by City Judge A. Michael Gebo and released to probation supervision.

He is scheduled to reappear in City Court.

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