CANTON - A 40-year-old Massena man has been indicted on two felony counts of heroin possession by a St. Lawrence County Grand Jury.
The grand jury handed up an indictment Monday afternoon charging Elvis E. Pigott of 106 Liberty Ave., Massena, with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
The Massena man was allegedly in possession of about 60 grams of heroin when he was stopped by St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force members May 21 in the town of Fowler. Task Force members had charged Pigott with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession with intent to sell and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, all class B felonies.
Deputies allege they found approximately 60 grams of heroin in Pigott’s vehicle during a traffic stop at the intersection of Routes 812 and 58 in the town of Fowler. They said the drugs carried a street value of approximately $20,000. He was also charged with selling a quantity of heroin to another person May 8 in the village of Massena.
Pigott had been held at the county jail since his arrest, but he was released from custody July 21 after St. Lawrence County Public Defender Stephen D. Button’s office had filed a motion seeking to have Pigott released from custody since the St. Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office had failed to present the case to a grand jury within the statutory 45-day period following the Massena man’s incarceration. He was in custody for 52 days prior to being released from the county jail.
Pigott has two prior felony convictions - in 1993 in Pennsylvania and 2000 in New York state.
Other indictments handed up by the grand jury Monday afternoon included:
• Eric S. Lalonde, 29, of 4555 state Route 812, Heuvelton, for two counts of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and one count of second-degree criminal possession of marijuana.
The indictment alleges Lalonde was in possession of more than 16 ounces of marijuana and laboratory equipment - ranging from a glass baking pan and generator tubing to solvents and reagents including muriatic acid and Drano crystals on Jan. 23 in the town of Oswegatchie.
• Jeremy Cyrus, 32, of 37 Grove St., North Lawrence, for 18 counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child, 18 counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
While executing a search warrant for an unrelated matter at his residence on Aug. 21, 2012, police found two Glock 9 mm high-capacity magazines in Mr. Cyrus’s bedroom, deputies said. Both were marked as being for law enforcement or government use only and loaded with hollow-point ammunition.
Cyrus had been one of five St. Lawrence County residents charged in October 2012 for allegedly possessing and promoting child pornography.
The arrests were a result of a 10-month joint investigation, called Operation Northern Net, by the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department and Homeland Security Investigations in Massena. Police went undercover on peer-to-peer file-sharing networks to track down those possessing and sharing child pornography. Once suspects had been identified, police obtained search warrants to confiscate their computers. These searches took place in August.
Cyrus had been charged with 64 counts of promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child and 64 counts of possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child.
The indictment alleges Cyrus was in possession of videos and photographs of children identified as being 3, 5 and 9 engaged in sexual activities.