RAY BROOK - Four people were arrested over the weekend and charged with selling oxycodone, cocaine and heroin in Ticonderoga and Moriah.
Michael A. Taylor Jr., 26, and Steven E. Cobb Jr., 29, both of Ticonderoga, and Joseph J. Garcia, 42, of Port Henry, were each charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, Class B felonies. Kiel G. Doak, 24, of Glens Falls, was charged with three counts each of the same two charges.
Garcia's alleged drug offenses happened in the town of Moriah, the rest in Ticonderoga, according to District Attorney Kristy Sprague. All four allegedly possessed or sold cocaine; Taylor is also charged with oxycodone, Cobb with heroin.
Taylor and Cobb were arraigned in county court first and remanded to the county jail in lieu of $5,000 bail. Doak and Garcia were arraigned Tuesday morning, Doak without counsel and Garcia represented by his cousin, former DA Julie Garcia, who is now in private practice in Westport. Doak's bail was set at $1,000 cash or bond, Garcia's at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond. Both Doak and Garcia made bail and were not in county jail Wednesday morning, according to jail officials.
The arrests came after a nine-month investigation by the Essex County Drug Task Force, which consists of the county district attorney's office, sheriff's department, state police and the Ticonderoga and Lake Placid police departments.
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