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Ogdensburg police arrest two more in alleged city crack cocaine ring

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OGDENSBURG — City police have added a Rochester man and a city woman to the list of recent arrests for alleged crack cocaine trafficking in the city.

Police on Tuesday arrested Jose A. Medina, 32, of Rochester, after a sealed indictment was opened in St. Lawrence County Court charging him with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

City police said his arrest comes after their arrest Thursday of Amy L. Corrice, 49, of 310 Pine St., Apt. 1, with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Police said she was additionally charged with violating probation.

Mr. Medina was arraigned in county court and sent to county jail, Canton, on $50,000 cash or bail bond.

Ms. Corrice was jailed on $20,000 bail.

Police said the investigation is continuing, and more arrests are expected.

Ogdensburg police Det. Daniel F. Mousaw said the two most recent arrests are related to a drug raid last week that netted five people. Police have said they believe three of those rounded up last week — Kelly J. Ellard-Staton, 37, of 125 Belmont Courts, David A. Hazelton, 37, of 1062 Washington St., and Anthony “Q” Hester, 24, of Brooklyn — are connected to four men from the Buffalo area who was arrested in Ogdensburg in December for allegedly selling crack.

All four of the Buffalo area men arrested at Belmont Courts — Charles J.H. Caviness, 24, Eldridge Gossom, 25, Andre L. Wilson, 40, and Tige K. Smith Jr., 24 — have pleaded not guilty in county court to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Mr. Mousaw said in an interview last week that a growing number of dealers from metropolitan areas are setting up shop in Ogdensburg because they can net a bigger profit here for their product than they can in bigger cities. He said a gram of crack cocaine in Ogdensburg can sell for $100, versus $25 to $30 in metropolitan areas.

He had said crack cocaine is still the most prevalent drug in Ogdensburg, and accounts for most of his department’s narcotic arrests.

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