Three charged with felonies after police uncover 4 pounds of pot, 13 long guns in DeKalb attic
Thursday, November 24, 2011 - 8:21 am

DEKALB -- Three people are facing felony charges after St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force members uncovered four pounds of pot and 13 long guns in a Maple Ridge Road home Wednesday.

The drug task force executed a search warrant at 1225 Maple Ridge Rd. and 1225 Apt. B Maple Ridge Rd. at about 9:30 a.m.

Investigators said they located approximately four pounds of marijuana, prescription pills and 20 marijuana plants growing in a crawl space in the attic.

Also located were 13 long guns including an assault-style rifle with several high-capacity magazines, investigators said.

Charged following the search were:

• Kathy L. Sharpstene 55, 1225 Maple Ridge Rd., Dekalb, Criminal Possession of Marijuana second degree, class D felony; Criminal Sale of Marihuana third degree, a class E felony; Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance seventh degree, a Class A misdemeanor; and Unlawfully Growing Marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor. Sharpstene is being held without bail at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility. A preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. Nov. 28 in Fowler Town Court.

• Jacob J. Birchland 26, of 1225 Apt. B Maple Ridge Rd., Criminal Possession of Marijuana second degree.

• Brian J. Cook 41, of 8135 Wood Rd. Harrisville, Criminal Possession of Marihuana second degree; and Unlawfulluy Growing Marijuana.

Cook and BIrchland were released under the supervision of the St. Lawrence County Probation and are to face their charges 6 p.m. Dec. 7 in Fowler Town Court.

Assisting in the investigation were Canton Village Police, SUNY Potsdam Police, Gouverneur Police, state police, Ogdensburg Police, Potsdam Police and the District Attorney’s Office.

The investigation continues and more charges are pending, police said.