Arrests follow drug raids in Lewis County

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Two Lewis County residents have each been charged in two separate drug raids in Croghan and Lowville.

Sheriff’s deputies said the first raid occurred at a residence on Texas Road in the Town of Croghan. Investigators said they found the components used to cook methamphetamine, as well as a small quantity of heroin. Two children were also discovered at the residence.

No arrests were made at that time.

On April 5, deputies said a second raid was conducted at 6745 Number Four Road in the Village of Lowville. Investigators said they found four grams of meth, the components used to cook meth, assorted prescription pills and digital scales.

Authorities said four people were found at the residence and were taken into custody: residents Russell X. Miller, 53; Alicia N. Babcock, 25; as well as Damien, 24, and Taylor Dennee, 21, both of 5694 Naumburg Lane, Castorland. All four were charged with one count each of third-degree unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine.

Deputies said Damien Dennee was also charged with a parole violation; Taylor Dennee was also charged with a probation violation; and Miller was additionally charged with two counts of fifth-degree possession of stolen property. Deputies said Miller was found with both a stolen snowblower and a stolen chainsaw, which had been reported stolen in separate burglaries.

All four were arraigned in court and were sent to county jail. Miller and Babcock were released after posting bail, only to be taken back into custody Thursday morning in connection with the August drug raid in Croghan.

Authorities said the evidence from the earlier drug raid in Croghan had been presented to a grand jury, and a sealed indictment was handed down against Miller and Babcock. Both were charged again with one count each of third-degree unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine, seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree use of drug paraphernalia.

Both Miller and Babcock were arraigned for a second time and they were sent back to county jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

They are scheduled to reappear in court.

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