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Nine arrested in upcounty drug sweep

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - Updated: 8:48 AM

On Monday morning, the police departments of the villages of Canajoharie, St. Johnsville, and Fort Plain, culminated a six month investigation into drug dealing within the three villages by arresting nine people and obtaining arrest warrants for three others.

During the investigation, undercover officers purchased several types of narcotics such as cocaine, liquid morphine and heroin, as well as Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, and Lortab pills, according to a news release from the Fort Plain Police Department, Sales of this nature are considered felonies and usually rate class C or B, which carry a maximum sentence of 15 and 25 years each.

The following people were arrested. The release did not specify the charges lodged against each person.

  • Tracey Battisti, 35, of Mechanic Street, St. Johnsville
  • Thomas Deacon, 21, of 105 Mohawk St., Fort Plain
  • James Holtzapfel, 61, of Erie Boulevard, Canajoharie
  • Kenneth Shaut, 24, of 37 Center St., St. Johnsville
  • Karen Sweet, 58, of Division Street, Fort Plain
  • Tyler Kuntzch, no age given, of State Street, Fort Plain
  • Kristin Kitchen, 25, of Perry Street, Herkimer
  • Jullian Schaffer, 19, of 37 W. Main St., St. Johnsville
  • Larry Stevens, 55, of 225 Main St., Fort Plain

Arrest warrants were obtained for the following people:

  • Scott Dunbar, 33, of River Street, Fort Plain
  • Mark Smith, 23, of Route 29, Ephratah
  • Brian Phillips, 20, of 24 Hough St., St. Johnsville

Those arrested were arraigned in the respective village or town courts. Most were sent to Montgomery County Correctional Facility in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.  The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office assisted on Monday in arresting the suspects and transporting them to their jail.

According to the news release, in the past nine years several investigations of this nature have been conducted in and around the villages in conjunction with other agencies such as the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, Drug Enforcement Agency, and New York State Department of Tax and Finance.     


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