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Parole officer finds crack and heroin in Watertown apartment

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A state parole officer made a surprise home visit Wednesday morning to one of his parolees and made a discovery that prompted a call to the Metro-Jeff Drug Task Force.

The parolee and a New York City man were arrested after police said 41 bags of crack cocaine and a packet of heroin, with a street value exceeding $2,000, were found in the apartment at 319 Clay St., according to a task force officer.

Monique A. Ortiz-Farney, 26, was charged with a parole violation and has a pending charge of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. She is being held without bail in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building.

Canaan G. Joyner, 24, Manhattan, is charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He is jailed on $20,000 bail, set by Watertown City Judge Eugene R. Renzi.

Following the call from the parole officer, who was not identified by police, the task force obtained a search warrant, which was served about 10 a.m. Wednesday. Police said $385 in cash also was seized.

Ms. Ortiz-Farney was arrested in January 2012 on charges of burglary, criminal mischief, child endangerment and harassment, and in April satisfied the charges with a guilty plea to criminal mischief, according to the Jefferson County district attorney’s office. She was at the time on parole for a criminal-mischief conviction from 2010 in Jefferson County Court.

She was returned to prison Aug. 27 for a parole violation, and again was granted a release on parole Nov. 2, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website.

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