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Five Lowville residents arraigned on drug sale charges

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LOWVILLE — Five Lowville residents were arraigned Friday in Lewis County Court on unsealed indictments alleging they sold drugs in the village last summer.

The five then were sent by Judge Daniel R. King to Lewis County jail to await further court proceedings.

Edward K. Blanchard, 48, of 7584 S. State St., was charged with two counts apiece of third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance. He was accused of selling oxycodone on two occasions in August. Bail was set at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.

Russell X. Miller, 48, of 5585 Water St., was charged with third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance. He was accused of selling cocaine in June. Bail was set at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.

Mr. Miller in December was sentenced to three years’ probation on a charge of second-degree menacing for holding a kitchen knife to the throat of Bradley Streeter on June 29 in Lowville.

Joseph R. and Martina M. Downs, both 49 and of 7616 Park Ave., were charged with two counts each of fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and single counts of fourth- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. They were accused of selling dihydrocodeinone with acetaminophen on two occasions apiece from June through August. Bail was set for Mr. Downs at $1,500 cash or $3,000 bond and for Mrs. Downs at $250 cash or $500 bond.

Amy S. Brodt, 30, of 7525 S. State St., was charged with two counts apiece of fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was accused of selling buprenorphine on two occasions in July. Bail was set at $1,500 cash or $3,000 bond.

Ms. Brodt in 2011 and 2012 spent 10 months in state prison on charges of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. In that case, she was accused of selling morphine Jan. 20 and 21, 2010, in Lowville and of possessing on Dec. 7, 2009, a personal check belonging to David Weatherhead with a forged signature on it.

Village police arrested the five suspects Thursday and Friday stemming from an ongoing investigation by the village department, Lewis County Sheriff’s Department and members of the state police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team.

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