Deputies: Three Ontario County residents arrested for heroin operation

Updated: 06/20/2014 11:14 PM
Created: 06/20/2014 10:28 PM WHEC.com

Three Ontario County residents are behind bars, and a major heroin source has been cut off.

Sheriff’s deputies say Courtney Blankenberg, Eric Breed and Christina Marks had nearly 100 bags of heroin and were intending to sell them. Investigators tell us the drugs were hidden in a car that was stopped on 490 in Victor.

The Ontario County sheriff says Blankenberg, Breed and Marks were responsible for a majority of the heroin that was being brought into the Phelps and Clifton Springs area. Sheriffs say they were selling nearly 100 bags a day.

“Wow, I haven’t heard of it, and it’s a small town, so I am surprised I haven’t heard,” said Brittni Arnold, a Phelps resident.

Arnold says she is even more surprised because she hears a lot of gossip at the restaurant she works at in town.

Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero says investigators started looking into the trio after a tip. He said they would travel into Rochester, buy the drug and bring it back to the area. Deputies believe they were on a run when they were pulled over on 490.

“A subsequent investigation revealed more than 100 bags of heroin in the vehicle,” said Provero.

Investigators found the drugs in a mock Mountain Dew can, which had a top that screwed off. The sheriff says that shows it was an organized operation.

“People who are involved in this are very heavily involved in heroin distribution in our area, and their arrests will substantially reduce the number of bags of heroin in this area,” said Povero.

Some people were surprised to learn about the arrests, but others, like Roy DeBaere, were relieved.

“They are around. I have to be careful what tenants I have, but I’ve never really had a problem before,” said DeBaere.

The trio is being held in the Ontario County Jail in lieu of bail. They will be back in court at a later date.

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