Sheriff’s office seizes $30,000 and car after traffic stop, marijuana charge

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BRASHER — St. Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies seized $30,000 and a vehicle after a traffic stop on Route 53 in Brasher early Wednesday.

According to a press release sent out by the sheriff’s office on Thursday, deputies Devin Thomas and Collin Nicol stopped a car at 1:46 a.m. The press release did not state a reason for the stop, although Channel 7 previously reported that it was due to a failure to signal and keep right.

According to the press release, during the course of a conversation with the passengers the deputies deployed K9 Fable, who indicated there were drugs in the vehicle.

Deputies searched the vehicle and found less than two ounces of marijuana and $30,000 in cash, which they confiscated along with the vehicle itself.

“The traffic stop led to the conversation; the conversation led to the $30,000,” said Sheriff Kevin M. Wells.

Deputies charged Jordan D. Francis, 33, of 479 Rooseveltown Road, Hogansburg, with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation punishable with a fine of $100 for a first offense, although according to Mr. Wells no one claimed ownership of the drugs.

“Everybody in the car claimed it was not theirs,” Mr. Wells said.

Deputies also issued traffic tickets to Nadine T. Pierce, 35, of 20 Raquette Point 2, Hogansburg, who was driving the vehicle.

Both Mr. Francis and Ms. Pierce’s tickets are returnable to the Town of Brasher Court.

The Sheriff’s Department apparently released a photo of Mr. Thomas, Mr. Nicol, and K9 Fable posing with the seized cash in a social media post on Wednesday, but the Times could not locate it on Thursday. It is unclear at this point where it was posted, or when or why it was taken down.

Mr. Wells declined to say more about the stop, which is still under investigation.

“We’re not going to release any other information,” he said.

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