RAY BROOK - Three St. Lawrence County residents were arrested Tuesday after police found 500 bags of heroin and other drugs in their car following a traffic stop here.
State police said they pulled over a blue 2011 Hyundai Sante Fe, traveling west on state Route 86 in Ray Brook, at 5:49 p.m. for moving from a lane unsafely and for having an obstructed license plate. The driver was Jordan G. Thomas, 24, of Potsdam, and two other people were in the car: 23-year-old Gerald L. Dissottle Jr. of Norwood and 31-year-old Allen J. Oshier of Canton.
Police found 500 bags of heroin in Dissottle's pants, according to Jennifer Fleishman, public information officer for state police Troop B.
Gerald L. Dissottle Jr., 23, of Norwood
(Photo — New York State Police)
Fleishman said Dissottle initially gave police someone else's name when asked to identify himself. He was wanted on a warrant issued by Franklin County for alleged violation of probation.
A search of the vehicle also turned up 0.6 grams of crack cocaine and 7.1 grams of marijuana a digital scale in the center console of the vehicle. Fleishman said police attributed the additional and drugs and the scale to all three suspects because they were "easily accessible by all the occupants."
Dissottle was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony, and three misdemeanor counts: seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, false personation and second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. He was arraigned in town of North Elba court and remanded to the Essex County Jail in Lewis in lieu of $30,000 cash bail or $60,000 bond.
Oshier and Thomas were each charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana. Thomas was also given vehicle and traffic tickets. Oshier and Thomas were also arraigned in town court and remanded to the county jail, each in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.
Police said all three are scheduled to reappear in town court at 4 p.m. Monday.
Fleishman said heroin is typically packaged in bags containing a tenth of a gram of the drug. Given what she said is the going rate in this area, $25 per bag, Fleishman said the 500 bags of heroin would have a street value of roughly $12,500.
She said police know where the trio was headed, but she declined to release that information because she said it could jeopardize future drug investigations.