Two men arrested in Waddington; drugs, cash seized following police chase involving helicopter
WADDINGTON – Two Hogansburg men were jailed following a traffic stop in which cocaine and cash were seized Tuesday following a police chase involving a helicopter, according to state police.
Troopers conducted a traffic stop of a 2011 Honda Accord in the town of Waddington for having illegal window tint. Upon interviewing the driver, Chanel L. Strable, 21, Hogansburg, and her front seat passenger, Trent I. Benedict, 20 of Akwesasne, and three passengers in the backseat of the vehicle, Harrison M. Jacobs, 18, Hogansburg, Jeremy L. Bero, 37, Akwesasne, and Haylee A. Jacco, 25, Akwesasne, state police found discrepancies in the occupant's stories.A consent search of the vehicle was then completed yielding a plastic baggie containing approximately 13 grams of cocaine and a small bag containing money.
Jacobs claimed ownership of the cocaine.
Benedict, who was an uninvolved passenger and was not being questioned, grabbed the small bag of currency and ran down the shoulder of the road.
Subsequently a search was initiated involving State Police K-9 and Aviation, Border Patrol, and Homeland Security.
U.S. Border Patrol and Homeland Security located Benedict in a wooded area south of State Route 37, adjacent to Brookview Drive.
The suspect allegedly swam across Little Sucker Brook before being arrested near the Waddington Golf Course.
Benedict and Jacobs were transported to the Ogdensburg State Police Department and processed. Jacobs was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, felony, and Benedict was charged with tampering with evidence, felony, obstruction of governmental administration, and resisting arrest.
Benedict and Jacobs were arraigned in Morristown court before Judge Phillips and remanded to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility on $3,000 bail or $6,000 bond, and $2,500 bail or $5,000 bond respectively.
Strable was issued a traffic ticket for illegal window tint, returnable to the Town of Waddington Court July 6 at 4 p.m. Bero and Jacco were not charged.