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CANTON — A Rochester man was charged by a St. Lawrence County grand jury Tuesday with selling cocaine in Ogdensburg.

Rashad J. “J.B.” Byrd, 37, is charged with two counts of felony third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and one count of felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

According to the indictment, Mr. Byrd sold cocaine to another person in the city Jan. 6 and 7.

He was arrested by state police Jan. 7 following a vehicle stop on Route 37 in Ogdensburg. Detectives said they stopped Mr. Byrd for suspicious activity throughout the city where he was making several stops before they pulled him over on his way out of town.

Detectives said that the bust was part of a crack cocaine distribution investigation and that they recovered $800 worth of crack cocaine in Mr. Byrd’s driver’s side door.

That investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected, police said.

Mr. Byrd was released from St. Lawrence County jail on March 7 as a result of a 45-day motion. The district attorney’s office has 45 days from the time of a felony arrest to bring an indictment.

In other grand jury action Tuesday:

Nancy Best, 30, of Niagara Falls, was indicted on a felony charge of second-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

According to the indictment, Ms. Best was in possession of approximately 1.1 pounds of marijuana on Jan. 10 in the village of Massena.

She was arrested following a traffic stop by U.S. Border Patrol agents on Route 37 at the Route 420 intersection in Massena.

Agents said they had seen the rental vehicle she was driving leave an area in Akwesasne where they had observed suspicious behavior involving a snowmobile a short time earlier.

Agents said a Border Patrol K-9 unit responded to the traffic stop, and a plastic bag containing 1.1 pounds of marijuana was found on the floor on the passenger side of the back seat.

Ms. Best was released from St. Lawrence County jail March 7 as a result of a 45-day motion.

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