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Massena police charge four people after investigation into heroin, crack cocaine sales

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MASSENA — Four people — three Massena residents and a New York City man — were charged with felony counts after the execution of a search warrant Friday night on South Grasse River Road after an undercover investigation by the Massena Narcotics Enforcement Unit and the St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force.

Police charged Shawn W. Woodberry, 33, Jamaica, Queens, with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and one count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

He allegedly was in possession of 20 grams of crack cocaine and 2 grams of heroin. He also allegedly was in possession of a Taser gun. Police said Mr. Woodberry has a prior criminal conviction and is not allowed to possess any weapons.

According to the state Department of Corrections and Community Services website, Mr. Woodberry was sentenced to one to three years in state prison in February 2002 in Broome County for third-degree attempted sale of a controlled substance. He had been sentenced to three years in prison in July 2006 for third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance in Broome County. He was released from the Franklin Correctional Facility, Malone, at the expiration of his parole sentence on Aug. 7, 2012.

He was arraigned by Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and sent to the St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, with no bail set. Mr. Gustafson said he was unable to set bail since Mr. Woodberry has two or more prior felony convictions.

Timothy D. Alguire Jr., 34, of 95 South Grasse River Road, was charged with one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and first-degree criminal nuisance.

The criminal nuisance charge alleges Mr. Alguire allowed drug activity to take place at his residence and benefited by gaining money and controlled substances, police said.

Investigators also said Mr. Alguire was in possession of 1 gram of a substance that reportedly field-tested positive for heroin packaged in several plastic bags that were designed for sale of the product.

Mr. Alguire, who has one prior misdemeanor conviction and three felony and two misdemeanor arrests, was arraigned by Mr. Gustafson and sent to the St. Lawrence County jail with bail set at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.

His attorney, St. Lawrence County Assistant Public Defender Steven G. Ballan, was present for the arraignment and had asked the court to release his client under probation supervision.

Cindy M. Alguire, 33, also of 95 South Grasse River Road, was charged with one felony count of first-degree criminal nuisance. She was arraigned by Mr. Gustafson and released under probation supervision.

Police said heroin, crack cocaine, money and the stun gun were seized during the search warrant execution.

Police further said Robert A. Gonyou, 37, of 2 Ripley St., was taken into custody shortly after 8:30 p.m. Friday when he showed up at 95 South Grasse River Road during the execution of the search warrant.

Police said Mr. Gonyou was arrested on a bench warrant signed in October alleging he had failed to appear in Village Court on second-degree unlawful imprisonment, second-degree harassment and fourth-degree criminal mischief counts.

He was arraigned by Mr. Gustafson and released after posting $250 bail.

The St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force includes members from the Massena, Potsdam, Gouverneur and city of Ogdensburg police departments, the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department and state police.

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