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Drug bust nets four Saturday morning in Saranac Lake

September 25, 2017
By staff , Lake Placid News

SARANAC LAKE - Village police arrested four people early Saturday morning as the result of an ongoing investigation into narcotics trafficking.

At about 5 a.m. Saturday, law enforcement personnel from five agencies executed a search warrant at a house at 199 Kiwassa Road. The state police Special Operations Response Team, the Saranac Lake Police Department, the Lake Placid Police Department, Tupper Lake Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff's Office forced entry into the home and took four people into custody:

- Leonard M. Bushey, 47, of Saranac Lake

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Leonard Bushey, suspecting of dealing drugs, is escorted from the Harrietstown Town Hall with Saranac Lake police Chief Charles Potthast, left, and Patrolman Jason Swain after being arraigned in town court.
(Photo provided by Saranac Lake Police Department)

- Laevon Cannon, 32, of Brooklyn

- Seth N. Pickreign, 22, of Saranac Lake

- Jolene B. Tyler, 42, of Saranac Lake.

Each was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a controlled substance in both the third and fifth degrees, and fourth-degree conspiracy, all felonies. Bushey and Tyler were additionally charged with first-degree criminal nuisance, also a felony.

Saranac Lake police said they have been investigating narcotics trafficking in the village for several months. They said their investigation revealed that Cannon was moving crack and powder cocaine from New York City and then selling it, with the other defendants, from 199 Kiwassa and at other locations in the village.

Using various investigative techniques, including surveillance, police say they established enough probable cause to obtain a search warrant for the residence.

Police said they recovered several grams of powdered cocaine on Cannon's person and a small amount in the residence. Approximately $5,000 in cash was seized.

All four arrestees were arraigned in the Harrietstown town court and remanded to the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.

Saranac Lake police say they have identified several other village residents involved in the narcotic trade and anticipate that these investigations will culminate in more arrests.



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