Major Edward J. Kennedy
Troop A Commander
Pair arrested on drug charges in Freedom
On May 12, 2019, SP Machias Troopers arrested Russell J. Mantione, 52, of East Otto, NY for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree and Jason J. Previty for two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree.
During a traffic stop on Maple Grove Road in the town of Freedom, Troopers determined Mantione had been operating his motor vehicle while impaired by drugs and located methamphetamine within the vehicle. He failed standardized field sobriety tests at the scene. A Drug Recognition Expert evaluation confirmed Mantione to be impaired. Mantione and Previty were both arrested and transported to SP Machias for processing.
Both subjects were processed at SP Machias and released with appearance tickets for Freedom Town Court where they are due to appear later this month.