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7 STUDENTS ARE ARRESTED IN FREDONIA DRUG SWEEP

One Fredonia High School student and six Fredonia State College students were arrested Friday after a four-month undercover investigation targeting drug sales in the community.

An undercover state trooper who infiltrated the college drug scene made several purchases of LSD, marijuana and steroids, leading to arrest warrants being signed by Pomfret Town Justice David Prince, Fredonia police said.

An arrest detail from Fredonia, the State Police and the Fredonia State College Public Safety Department conducted a sweep that resulted in the seven arrests.

Sgt. Paul Luce and Officer Peter Testa said the sweep went well except at 300 Central Ave., where two of the suspects flushed marijuana down the toilet.

The high school student, Matthew P. Masocco, 17, of Cottage Street, was charged with felony sale of a controlled substance.

The six college students, charged with various misdemeanors, felonies and violations, are: Jason M. McGrath, 21, Michael S. Rook, 22, and Christopher R. Schwartz, 21, all of Water Street; Ian M. Najac, 22, of Central Avenue; and Bryan T. Turpyn, 19; and Colin I. Held, 20, both of Fredonia State dormitories.

Friday's arrests came just two days after Fredonia police and State Police charged an 18-year-old man with selling steroids in and around Fredonia High School.

"We want to send a message to the residents of the Village of Fredonia, and that is we care about this community and plan to continue our efforts in combating any illicit drug activity being conducted in our jurisdiction," Police Chief Daniel L. Johnson said.

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