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Massena traffic stops results in drug, weapon charges and jail for Lisbon couple


MASSENA - Village police charged Brandon R. Graves, 21, and Danielle S. Jensen, who turned 17 this week, both of 224 Harper Road, Lisbon, each with two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and one count of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance Thursday night. Mr. Graves was additionally ticketed for operation of a vehicle with no plate lamp.

They were arraigned Friday morning by acting Massena Village Justice James M. Crandall and, after consultation with the St. Lawrence County District Attorney’s office, were sent to the county jail, Canton, on $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond for Mr. Graves and $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond for Ms. Jensen.

Police said during the 11:26 p.m. Thursday traffic stop two loaded revolvers - a silver barrel, wooded handle Smith and Wesson .38 special and a black RG Industries .22 caliber - were found in the 2012 Ford Fusion being operated by Mr. Graves, with the serial number being obliterated on one of the weapons.

They said he was in possession of a small amount of Suboxone in his wallet, and Ms. Jensen possessed a cotton filter in her purse that tested positive for heroin. She was additionally charged with criminal possession of a hypodermic needle.

In a statement she signed for police, Ms. Jensen said she and Graves, her boyfriend, had come to Massena to meet with Gerry Dissotelle Jr. and other people inside an apartment near the Rusty Wheel on Willow Street.

“Gerry asked Brandon for the keys to the car and when we went to leave. Brandon gave Gerry the keys to our car and Gerry placed his air mattress and some shirts in the trunk of the car. I asked Gerry what it was and Gerry would not tell me,” she said.

Ms. Jensen said that, after they were pulled over on Woodlawn Avenue for no plate lamp, Mr. Graves consented to a search of the vehicle and police found a marijuana water pipe and guns, along with bullets in her purse.

“When I was placed in the back of the police car, I

removed a needle from my pants and placed it down in the floor,” she wrote in her statement.

Mr. Graves had been picked up on a warrant for second-degree burglary last month following a traffic stop in the village. They also charged him with possession of a hypodermic needle. The felony burglary count alleges that he entered Jacob J. Mitchell’s residence, 41 Belmont St., on Sept. 4, 2012, and got into a fight with him and tried to steal Mr. Mitchell’s personal property.

In a statement he signed for police, Mr. Mitchell said Mr. Graves walked through his front door and while in his house asked him if wanted to buy some drugs from him. Mr. Mitchell said he told him no numerous times, Mr. Graves got angry, and a fight ensued.

On his way out, Mr. Mitchell told police, Mr. Graves attempted to steal an XBox video game system and a cell phone.

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