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AKWESASNE - Police and federal agents charged three New York City residents on Thursday with multiple drug and gun felonies following a traffic stop on the St. Regis reservation.

Patrick Lloyd, 25, of Manhattan; Jevar Sturridge, 19, of Queens; and Travis Moore, 23, of Manhattan are all charged with one count each of second- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

Lloyd also was at the Massena residence in October, where one man was shot, another man stabbed and a third man beaten. Police later charged a couple that were living at the apartment with possession of over 1,600 bundles of heroin.

Megan N. Laflesh, 19, of Massena and Gerald L. Dissottle Jr., 21, of 532 Elliot Road, Norwood were charged with having 1,640 bundles of heroin in their apartment discovered during a police search of the residence as part of an Oct. 22 stabbing and shooting at 15 Bishop Ave. Massena Village Police Investigator Joseph W. Browntestified at a preliminary hearing he was investigating the shooting and stabbing on the evening of Oct. 22 at a three-bedroom apartment in a triplex at 15 Bishop Ave, He said during the execution of a search warrant he found a paper bag that appeared to contain narcotics inside a plastic bag in a closet in the front of the apartment. He said a field test of one of the bundles tested positive for heroin.

The village police invesigator said the closet contained women’s clothing, women’s shoes and female health and beauty products.

He said police also found personal papers - including social services applications and bank statements in Laflesh’s name - as well as a court document about a traffic ticket appearance pinned to a corkboard on the wall in the bedroom

Mr. Brown said when he arrived at the residence two people were in the apartment - Dissottle and a New York City man, Patrick Lloyd.

He said he questioned the two men that night, and Dissottle told him he had lived at 15 Bishop Ave. for the past month with his girlfriend, Laflesh. The other man in the apartment, Patrick Lloyd, said he was simply visiting the apartment.

A news release from the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe on Friday says Lloyd, Sturridge and Moore allegedly were in possession of six ounces of heroin, six ounces of cocaine, two loaded handguns, and about a pound of marijuana. Officials said none of the three had proper licensing to possess the seized guns, which had defaced serial numbers.

The three were arraigned in Bombay Town Court and remanded to the Franklin County Jail without bail, pending a future court date. District Attorney Derek Champagne said Sturridge, a Jamaican national, is also being held on an immigration detainer by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

He added that the case is still under investigation.

“At first glance, this is very similar to other situations we’ve had where people from urban areas ... think they can make significant profit by bringing drugs to Franklin County,” Champagne said.

The arrests were made by St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police, New York State Police and U.S. Border Patrol.

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