Major Robert E. Patnaude
Troop G Commander
On May 23, 2020, State Police in Clifton Park arrested Kristy L. Santos, 39, of Ausable; Jeremy S. Bulger, 34, of Ausable; James B. Jones, 51, of Schroon Lake; Donald J. Labarge Jr., 48, of Plattsburgh; Tyler R. Bibeau, 28, of Plattsburgh; and Paige M. Bashaw, 39, of Ausable. Each suspect was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (B felony), Criminal Possession of a Narcotic Drug 4th degree (C felony), and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree (A misdemeanor). Santos was charged with an additional count of Criminal Possession of a Narcotic Drug 4th degree and Bashaw was additionally charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th degree (D felony).
State Police stopped a vehicle operated by Santos for multiple traffic infractions, as she travelled on I-87 in Malta late Friday night. While speaking with Santos and her passengers, Bulger, Jones, Labarge, Bibeau and Bashaw, the Trooper observed signs indicative of drug use. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed approximately 11.5 grams of cocaine belonging to Santos, and approximately 5.8 grams of cocaine, a glass smoking pipe containing cocaine, and piece of paper towel containing less than a gram of cocaine located in the backseat area. Bashaw was also found to have approximately 2.5 grams of cocaine and glass smoking pipes containing cocaine residue, on her person.
All six suspects were processed at SP Clifton Park and each was issued an appearance ticket for Clifton Park Town Court on July 9, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.