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Massena man jailed on felony drug sale charge

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CRIMINAL SALE - MASSENA - A 41-year-old Massena with four felony convictions in Jefferson County was jailed without bail early Sunday morning after being picked up on an arrest warrant charging him with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Village police allege Kenneth W. Williams, Jr., of 41 Martin St., Massena, sold two half grams of cocaine to a confidential informant working with the Massena Village Police Department on Jan. 17, 2013.

He was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with no bail set.

The local justice told Williams he was unable to set bail because he had two or more felony convictions.

He reportedly was sentenced to state prison for 42 months in March 2006 for a fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance conviction and 1 1/2 to 3 years in state prison for a fifth-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance conviction from Nov. 13, 2001, both in Jefferson County.

The Department of Corrections and Community Services website also reports Williams was sentenced to 1 1/2 to 3 years in prison in June 1997 for a fifth-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance conviction and to 1 to 3 years in a state correctional facility in September 1994 for a second-degree rape conviction. Those sentences also stemmed from incidents in Jefferson County.

Police said Williams was taken into custody at 2:11 a.m. Sunday on Andrews Street. He is scheduled to appear in Massena Village Court at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday for a preliminary hearing on the criminal sale count.

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