Tupper Lake police catch driver with 21 bags of heroin

TUPPER LAKE – A routine traffic stop led to a felony narcotics arrest Wednesday night.

Village police officer Jordan Nason stopped Christopher S. Roberts, 36, of Waddington, at 10:46 p.m. after Roberts allegedly failed to signal for a turn and failed to stop at a stop sign on Mill Street.

Police said Nason observed a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle during the initial interview. Roberts was patted down for weapons and subsequently was found to be in possession of 21 individual bundles of heroin. Police said a vehicle search also uncovered more than 20 hypodermic needles and a couple more bundles of heroin.

Roberts was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a narcotic drug with intent to sell, a class B felony; possession of a hypodermic instrument, a class A misdemeanor; and unlawful possession of marijuana, failure to signal and failure to stop at a stop sign, all violations. He was arraigned in front of village Judge Leonard Young and remanded to Franklin County Jail in Malone in lieu of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

Village police Chief Eric Proulx said the heroin has not been weighed because the number of individual packages were enough to prove intent to sell. Proulx added that the substance field-tested positive for heroin, but it will still be sent to the New York state police lab for a final, professional analysis.