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More felony charges leveled against a Buffalo man accused of dealing crack cocaine in Ogdensburg


A Buffalo man arrested late last year as the result of an investigation into crack cocaine trafficking in the city has been indicted on eight new felony counts in St. Lawrence County Court.

A sealed indictment was opened Tuesday afternoon charging Charles J.H. Caviness, 23, with four counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

He has been held in county jail, Canton, on $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond since city police arrested him in December at a Belmont Courts apartment for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Judge Kathleen Rogers on Tuesday sent him back to jail without bail.

Ogdensburg police Det. Daniel F. Mousaw said the indictment accuses Mr. Caviness of selling crack cocaine in the city on multiple occasions.

Mr. Caviness was initially charged along with three others from Buffalo: Eldridge Gossom, 25, Andrew L. Wilson, 40, and Tige K. Smith Jr., 24. Mr. Gossom, Mr. Wilson and Mr. Smith were also charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. City police said at the time the four were allegedly operating a crack cocaine trafficking ring in Ogdensburg. All four have entered not guilty pleas to the charge in county court.

City police and members of the St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force earlier this month arrested three others

in Ogdensburg they said are connected to the alleged Buffalo drug ring: Kelly J. Ellard-Staton, 37, of 125 Belmont Courts, David A. Hazelton, 37, of 1062 Washington St., and Anthony “Q” Hester, 24, of Brooklyn. Ms. Ellard-Staton and Mr. Hazelton were both charged with multiple counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Mr. Hester was arrested on a parole violation. Ms. Ellard-Staton and Mr. Hazelton pleaded not guilty to the charges in county court last week.

Mr. Mousaw said more arrests are still pending. He declined to say whether further charges could be expected against the other Buffalo men.

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