A routine traffic checkpoint here netted nearly 75 pounds of marijuana and landed two women behind bars.
According to a press release, at about 10:40 a.m. Ticonderoga Police officers, with New York State Police, were conducting safety checkpoints when an approaching vehicle made a sudden U-turn. After Ticonderoga Police officers pursued the vehicle for about two miles it was stopped.
A search of the vehicle found 74.9 pounds of marijuana vacuum-sealed and packed into two duffel bags, police said. The marijuana has a street value of $250,000.
The driver, Kelsey Jackson, 22, of Akwesasne, was charged with first-degree criminal possession of marijuana. She was also charged with the traffic offenses of third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, improper U-turn, insufficient turn signal and failure to comply with an emergency vehicle.
The passenger, Sheyenne Smoke, 21, of Hogansburg was charged with first degree criminal possession of marijuana.
Both defendants were arraigned in front of Town Justice James O'Bryan at the Ticonderoga Town Court and remanded to the Essex County Jail for lack of $100,000 bail or $200,000 bond.
According to police, preliminary investigations indicate the marijuana was not for local sale.
Mineville woman charged
Tina M. Discuillo, age 45, of Mineville was arrested April 26 for two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance third degree, and four counts of fraud and deceit of the New York State Public Health Law. The arrested was executed by the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Lewis along with Investigator Frederick Boettcher of the New York State Department of Health.
The investigation determined in late 2009, Discuillo had two different medical doctors in Elizabethtown provide her prescriptions for controlled substances within 10 days of each other. Discuillo then had the prescriptions filled in Keeseville.
Discuillo was arraigned before Moriah Town Justice Brian Venne and remanded to the Essex County Jail in lieu $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond.