MASSENA Cash, heroin, cocaine and marijuana were seized and four people were arrested in drug busts in the village and just outside the village limits in the town of Norfolk on Friday morning.
Star Perrin, 33, Ian Hendricks, 19, Adam Gauthier, 25, and Matthew Malu, 25, were taken into custody under federal indictment for possession and distribution of heroin and cocaine, Police Chief Timothy J. Currier said.
Mr. Malu, who was on trial this week on a burglary charge, was found not guilty by a St. Lawrence County jury Friday morning. He was accused of trying to break into the home of Andrew Courson at 26 Haskell St. on Dec. 27.
After being acquitted, he was released from custody by St. Lawrence County sheriffs deputies. Mr. Malu had approximately 17 seconds of freedom before he was arrested on the federal drug charges.
The suspects charged were arrested at 48 Woodlawn Ave. and 177 Center St. in Massena, and 287 Cook Road, Norfolk.
This was the second phase of Operation Problem Child, Chief Currier said. Its all a part of a multi-agency investigation that has been going on for several months.
On Sept. 5, law enforcement officers arrested 10 people on drug trafficking charges in the first phase of the investigation.
Because of the number of people involved and the wide geographic size of the investigation, with drugs coming in from New York City, it required us to reach out to our federal and state partners to work on this case, Chief Currier said.
Lead agencies in the bust included village and state police, the federal Department of Homeland Security, and the St. Lawrence County Sheriffs Department.
Todays second round of search warrants and arrests should demonstrate that this agency is committed to working with our law enforcement partners at the federal, state, county and local level to deal with the illegal drug problem in our community, Chief Currier said. We will not sit by and allow this illegal and dangerous activity to flourish here in Massena.