LODI — In one of the biggest busts in Seneca County this year, police seized thousands of dollars worth of drugs and money, along with numerous weapons, while arresting three people Wednesday.
Seneca County Undersheriff John Cleere said the arrests followed an extensive drug investigation by the sheriff’s office narcotics unit and execution of a search warrant at a mobile home on Keady Road.
Police said they seized nearly $5,000 worth of cocaine in both powdered and crack form; nearly $3,500 in cash; drug paraphernalia; drug-packaging material; digital scales; imitation pistols; throwing knives; a dagger; metal knuckles; a kung fu star; and varying quantities of Suboxone, alprazolam, oxycodone, amphetamine and methylphenidate.
The following people were arrested:
• Shawn M. Rousseau, 32, of Keady Road. Rousseau was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony; two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony; four counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony; four counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor; two counts of second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor; and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.
• Emily E. Vannais-Jackson, 27, of Route 89, Seneca Falls. Vannais-Jackson was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance; two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance; four counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor; four counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance; two counts of second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia; and unlawful possession of marijuana.
• Zachary J. Brewer, 30, no permanent address. Brewer was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Cleere said the investigation began about a year ago, but it took some time to put the case together. He said there were risk factors involved in executing the warrant.
“We had been getting reports of automatic gunfire in the area,” Cleere explained. “Rousseau has a past history with guns and was linked with some pretty bad crimes ... although he was not charged in those cases. He also had a significant security system with a first-rate surveillance camera. It was a real nice video system to see who was coming and going.”
Sheriff’s office Lt. Tim Thompson, who heads up the department’s criminal investigation division, said the imitation pistols fit a pattern police have been seeing for years. People use BB guns or pellet guns that look like real firearms as “scare tactics” in drug transactions, Thompson elaborated.
“We seized one weapon that we are taking a closer look at,” Thompson said.
“In terms of our community, this is a fairly significant drug arrest, and we know Mr. Rousseau had a pretty solid customer base, so he is a major source of drugs in the south end of the county.”
Thompson said police broke down a door in the mobile home to get inside, and added that Vannais-Jackson was in the room where the drugs were found.
“This was considered a fairly high-risk warrant,” he said.
Rousseau was arraigned in Lodi Town Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond.
Vannais-Jackson was arraigned in town court and remanded to jail in lieu of $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond.
Brewer was issued an appearance ticket to town court.
Members of the sheriff’s office criminal investigation division, sheriff’s office road patrol and New York State Police assisted the sheriff’s office narcotics unit.