Canton man held on $2,000 bail after sheriff's dog alerts investigators to heroin during traffic stop
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 9:10 am

CANTON -- A Canton man was held on $2,000 cash bail after police say they found hypodermic needles and heroin in his vehicle.

Zachary C. Racine, 26, of Law Lane was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and criminal possession of a hypodermic needle.

A second man, Patrick A. Fender, 23, also of Law Lane was charged with possessing a hypodermic needle.

Canton police said the arrest stemmed from an investigation into drug activity in the area.

Both men apparently resided in the Assisted Living Program, which helps recovering addicts.

Canton police said the investigation was aided by St. Lawrence County Sheriff's K-9 unit. The dog, Hershey, allegedly alerted police to the drugs following a traffic stop by village police.

Officers said bundles of heroin and hypodermic needles were found in the vehicle.

U.S. Border Patrol, New York State Police and Gouverneur Police Department also assisted in the investigation.

Racine was sent to St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility on $2,000 cash bail.

Fender was released on an apperance ticket.

Officers said the investigation is ongoing.