Police still seek drug suspect

Local police have arrested two suspects they weren’t able to find during a March 21 roundup of suspected drug dealers in the community.

However, one suspect sought by Tupper Lake village police still remains at large.

James J. Collins, 23, of Saranac Lake, was one of seven people Saranac Lake village police sought during the early morning raids. Police Chief Bruce Nason said Collins turned himself in at the Saranac Lake police station at 5:55 p.m. Monday.

Collins was arrested on a warrant issued by town of Harrietstown court for allegedly selling Suboxone. Collins was charged with fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fourth-degree conspiracy.

He was arraigned in town court and remanded to the Franklin County Jail in Malone in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond, pending further court action.

Of the seven people Saranac Lake police sought during the drug sweep, five have now been charged. The other two are in custody in other counties and have yet to be processed on the Saranac Lake charges, Nason said.

Tupper Lake village police had arrest warrants for five people on the morning of March 21. Three were arrested then, and a fourth, Matthew J. Corrow Jr., 18, of Tupper Lake, turned himself in.

“We received information that he was in the western part of the state, in the Buffalo area, that morning,” said village police Chief Eric Proulx. “We were told that he would turn himself in, and he did.”

Corrow was charged with fourth-degree criminal sale of marijuana. He was arraigned and posted $10,000 cash bail. Corrow is scheduled to appear in village court May 5.

Tupper Lake police are still looking for Stephen P. Whitley, 25, of Tupper Lake.

“We’ve received reports that we’re still trying to confirm that he’s still in Tupper Lake or he may have left the state,” Proulx said. “We still haven’t found him.”