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Investigation leads to six being charged

April 17, 2011
The Leader Herald

CANAJOHARIE - A two-month investigation concluded Friday with six arrests and the seizure of more than five ounces of marijuana and 63 bags of heroin, the Montgomery County Sheriff's office said.

Daniel M. Battisti, 25, of 21 Barclay St., Apartment 11, and Joseph L. Kucharski, 21, of 122 Brower Road, Palatine, were both charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony. Battisti also was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana. Kucharski also was charged on numerous traffic tickets.

They were arrested after an investigation by the Montgomery County Sheriff's office, the United States Probation office for the northern district of New York and the village police department.

The agencies conducted a search of Battisti's residence and found the marijuana, 20 bags of heroin and several hypodermic needles, the sheriff's office said in a news release.

While officers were on the scene, Kucharski arrived in a vehicle bearing license plates that were not registered to it. Officers found 43 bags of heroin on Kucharski during a search, the release said.

Several hundred dollars, alleged to be profits from drug sales, were also seized.

Both men were arraigned in Minden Town Court and sent to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. Battisti is being held on $25,000 cash bail. Kucharski is being held on $15,000 cash bail.

Also arrested as a result of the investigation and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana were: Nichole Adams, 33; Tye Edwards, 23; Donald Martel, 24; and Deseree Leffert, 27.

All were issued appearance tickets and released.



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