SARANAC LAKE - Police from across the region carried out a roundup of suspected drug dealers in the village early this morning.
The Franklin County Drug Task Force raid began under cover of darkness around 6 a.m. It involved village police, state police, Franklin and Clinton County sheriff's deputies, Tupper Lake village police and investigators with the Franklin County District Attorney's Office. A state police helicopter circled overhead as police officers descended on a half dozen homes and apartment houses around the village.
Several state and village police cars were parked in front of an apartment house on Morris Way, a spur off Catherine Street, at 6:30 a.m. An uninvolved person who was in the building at the time told the Enterprise that police clad in body armor and carrying warrants broke windows and doors to get inside. A state police K-9 unit was also involved in the raid.
State police cruisers are parked outside of an apartment house on Morris Way early this morning, one of several locations in Saranac Lake where police carried out a roundup of suspected drug dealers.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)
By 8:30 a.m. five people were in custody and two more were being sought, village Police Chief Bruce Nason told the Enterprise. He wasn't immediately able to provide their names and what they have been charged with, but he said most of the suspects will face charges of criminal sale of various drugs, including cocaine, controlled substances and prescription pills.
"We are executing multiple warrants involving drug investigations and being assisted by multiple agencies," Nason said. "These are ongoing investigations that were initiated by the village police department."
The chief said he hopes the arrests will slow the drug problem in the community.
"I think temporarily this will slow things down, and we'll continue to investigate any and all instances of illegal possession or sales of drugs," Nason said.
Nason said police would provide more information on the roundup later today.
Contact Chris Knight at 518-891-2600 ext. 24 or firstname.lastname@example.org.