Christopher Mackey, Justin Wakefield, Branden Messier face drug felonies in Mamaroneck

A town of Mamaroneck police car is pictured

A town of Mamaroneck police car is pictured in this file photo. (May 31, 2012) (Credit: Faye Murman)

Three Vermont residents were charged Wednesday when state troopers found drugs and drug paraphernalia in their vehicle during a traffic stop in Mamaroneck, police said.

Christopher Mackey, 21, of Randolph, Vt.; Justin Wakefield, 28, of South Pomfret, Vt., and Branden Messier, 20, of South Royalton, Vt., were pulled over Wednesday along Interstate 95 in the Village of Mamaroneck for vehicle and traffic violations, State Thruway Police at Tarrytown said.

Troopers found the three in possession of drug paraphernalia and unspecified amounts of cocaine and marijuana, police said.


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The three men were charged with third-degree drug possession and third-degree drug possession with intent to sell, felonies; second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia and seventh-degree drug possession, misdemeanors; and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

State Thruway Police on Friday declined to provide any more details on the arrest.

The three were arraigned Thursday in Mamaroneck Village Court and sent to the Westchester County Jail in Valhalla. Bail and attorney information was not available Friday, a court official said. They are due back in village court Tuesday.

It was the second recent drug arrest in Westchester County involving Vermonters and at least the third in the Albany-New York City corridor. On April 9, Town of Greenburgh police charged a Vermont man and woman and a Brooklyn man with felonies after finding at least $20,000 worth of heroin in their car during a traffic stop, police said. On April 3, State Thruway Police charged two Vermont women with numerous felonies and misdemeanors after stopping them for speeding on Interstate 787 in Albany and finding 30 grams of crack cocaine, 1,000 envelopes of heroin and four grams of marijuana in the vehicle, police said.

Drugs purchased in the New York City area and Lower Hudson Valley can sell at a 50 percent-100 percent markup in areas to the north like Vermont and the Adirondacks, Greenburgh police said last week.

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