Heroin, cocaine, $13,000 in cash seized in St. Lawrence County drug bust

CANTON, NY — St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Detectives and Drug Task Force members charged James P. Pike II, 31, Heuvelton, and Erin A. Irvine, 33, Ogdensburg, on Tuesday night, Sept. 4, with Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance in the first degree a Class A-1 felony, as well as Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 2nd degree a class A-2 felony.

The arrests stem from a multi-year, multi-agency investigation into James Pike and his co-conspirators. At 10:25 PM a traffic stop on State Highway 37 in the town of
Hammond was initiated by Sheriff’s Deputies.

Subsequently, Sheriff’s K-9 unit was deployed and K-9 “Fable” alerted to narcotics inside the 2015 Dodge Durango that they were operating. Upon a search of the motor vehicle by sheriff’s deputies over 750 grams of cocaine was located, dubbed as a “three quarters of a kilo”. Additionally, deputies located approximately 120 grams of heroin and over $13,000 dollars in US currency.

Detectives through their lengthy investigation believe Pike and his associates would travel to the New York City area and pick up large amounts of cocaine and heroin and distribute it to the Ogdensburg and Heuvelton areas of St. Lawrence County.

Both Pike and Irvine were arraigned in Oswegatchie Town Court by Town Justice
Matthew Denner and were held without bail pending an appearance at Town court on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018.

The investigation into Pike and Irvine is ongoing and that more arrests are possible. Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the St. Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations Border Enforcement Task Force (BEST), the Ogdensburg Police Department as well as the Metro Jeff Drug Task Force.

Investigating Officers: Detective Sean P. O’Brien, Detective Patrick Engle, Detective Arthur Shattuck, Detective Sgt. Brandon Storie, Detective Sgt. Thomas Caringi.