Canajoharie, Fort Plain and St. Johnsville police earlier this week arrested nine people and obtained warrants for three others as a result of a six-month investigation into drug dealing in the three villages.
Undercover officers purchased several types of narcotics during the investigation, including cocaine, liquid morphine and heroin, as well as Hydrocodene, 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, according to the release.
Arrested were 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; and Larry Stevens, 55, of 225 Main St., Fort Plain.
Police did not specify the charges lodged against each person who was arrested.
Arrest warrants were issued for Scott Dunbar, 33, of River Street, Fort Plain; Brian Phillips, 20, of 24 Hough St., St. Johnsville; and Mark Smith, 23, of Route 29, Ephratah.
Police said the nine people who were arrested Monday were arraigned in the respective town or village courts. Most were remanded to the Montgomery County jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bail bond, said police.
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office assisted in arresting the suspects and transporting them to the county correctional facility, according to the 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, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the New York State Department of Tax and Finance, according to the release.