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HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Police said Friday they are continuing to investigate the sale of controlled substances in Hoosick Falls after the arrest last week of two Pownal, Vt., residents for their alleged role in heroin distribution in the area.
Police reported the arrests of Kirbie Nichols-Cyr and Trey Carter late Thursday following a two-week investigation into activity in the village. Hoosick Falls Police Chief Robert Ashe said the 29-year-old woman, Nichols-Cyr, and 23-year-old Carter, both with arrest records in Massachusetts, appeared to be active in the village over the past month’s time.
"The investigation is continuing into the activity," said Ashe.
While the chief said there was no epidemic in Hoosick Falls in particular, he said the illicit sale of drugs was a continuing problem across the county and the Capital Region -- one which police were taking notice of and would "step up to curtail."
"Every community is dealing with this issue," said Ashe.
Nichols-Cyr, of 570 Route 346, and Carter, of 2270 Mason Hill Road, both of Pownal, were each arrested Wednesday and charged respectively with one and two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree.
Police allege the pair were transporting heroin into the village for distribution. Ashe said police seized approximately $500 worth of heroin and several hundred dollars in cash during the arrests.
Both suspects have previous arrests in Massachusetts for similar charges, police said.
Nichols-Cyr most recently faced possession charges for heroin in Berkshire County in April 2011, according to reports. Police said the suspects in that case were pulled over on their way to Adams, Mass., from the Hartford, Conn., area where they had purchased the drugs found in their possession.
Carter was charged in 2010 after an arrest in Adams, which netted 80 bags of heroin.
The recent investigation in Hoosick Falls involved cooperation across state lines, according to Ashe, including agencies in Massachusetts and Vermont.
"The officers did an outstanding job," he said.
He said the investigation received the support of additional resources from the Rensselaer County Drug Task Force, a multi-jurisdictional unit established to combat narcotics through the sharing of information and pooling of resources among agencies.
Nichols-Cyr and Carter were remanded to the Rensselaer County Jail on $30,000 cash bail.