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Man, two women arrested in Pamelia drug raid


Three people, including a frequent felony offender, were jailed early Tuesday following a raid Monday night by the Metro-Jeff Drug Task Force at a room at the Royal Inn, routes 37 and 342 in the town of Pamelia.

Quantities of heroin and cocaine were seized in the raid, which was conducted shortly after 7 p.m., according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, which assisted in the arrests.

Christine Countryman, 47, of 622 Gotham St., was arrested on a Jefferson County Court sealed indictment, and is being held without bail in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building to await arraignment. Contents of the indictment will be opened at the arraignment.

Paige H. Johnson, 24, same address, and Gregory D. Fagan, 55, Rochester, are each charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

They were arraigned before Brownville Town Justice Richard M. Parker, who ordered Mr. Fagan held without bail. Bail was set at $20,000 for Ms. Johnson. They await grand jury action.

According to a task force member, Ms. Countryman was the first to be arrested. She was being sought on the indictment warrant, and when she was found at the motel, investigators discovered alleged drug possession by the other two people. A search warrant was obtained, leading to the subsequent arrests.

Ms. Countryman was convicted of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance in Jefferson County Court in November 2007, and was sentenced to a three-month term in the state prison system’s Willard drug rehabilitation program.

Ms. Johnson is serving five years’ probation after being convicted in September of attempted third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, cocaine, in Jefferson County Court.

Mr. Fagan has a conviction record that has landed him in state prisons five times, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website. In September 1978, he began a six-year term for attempted first-degree assault. He was confined about a year after being convicted in August 1987 of third-degree grand larceny in Monroe County. Again in Monroe County, in November 1992, he was convicted of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and served about two and a half years.

Mr. Fagan was convicted again of third-degree grand larceny in August 2001 in Livingston County and spent nearly five years in prison. On Sept. 1, 2010, he was released on parole from a term given him in Chemung County in March 2007 for fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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