PLATTSBURGH - Four men have been indicted and arrested on federal felony drug trafficking charges, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian.
The arrests followed a year-long investigation led by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Massena Police Department (MPD), the St. Lawrence County Sheriffs Department and the New York State Police (NYSP).
The indictment charges the following individuals with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute a controlled substance in violation.
■ Matthew Malu, aka Compo and Capo, 24, of New York City and Massena.
■ Ian Hendricks, aka Jew, 19, of Massena.
■ Star Perrin, 34, of Massena.
Malu amd Perrin had been romantically linked in the past, sources familiar with the investigation confirmed, and Perrin gave birth to a child in June whose last name is Malu. The childs fathers name was not released in the birth announcement.
Each defendant faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five yearsimprisonment, a 40-year maximum term of imprisonment, and the possibility of a $5 million fine.
A separate indictment charges Adam Gauthier, 24, of Massenawith possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance. Gauthier faces a 20- year maximum term of imprisonment and the possibility of a $1 million fine.
The investigation revealed that this organization used suppliers in New York City to obtain large quantities of cocaine, heroin and crack for redistribution.
After obtaining the drugs, the organization employed couriers to transport the drugs from New York City to Massena, where the organizations distribution network sold ounce and gram quantities of the drugs to drug users and other wholesale drug dealers in the area.
During the investigation, law enforcement officers seized drugs and money from the defendants, to include:
■ On March 15, law enforcement officers from the Syracuse Police Department and HSI seized approximately 82.5 grams of heroin from Adam Gauthier.
■ On Sept. 13, officers from HSI, NYSP, and MPD seized approximately 27.32 grams of crack, 29.94 grams of powder cocaine, and 117.38 grams of heroin from a package sent to Ian Hendricks.
■ On Sept. 27, offices from HSI and MPD seized approximately $5,000 in cash from Star Perrin.
The District Attorneys of Clinton, Franklin and St. Lawrence counties, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Department, the United States Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine, the United States Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the New York Attorney Generals Office, the Oneida Indian Nation Police and the Customs and Border Protection United States Border Patrol assisted in the investigation.
The United States is represented in this prosecution by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel C. Gardner and Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine Kopita.