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Four arrested after probe into Scotia prescription drug sales

Melvin Howenstein of Scotia, left, and William Daguerre of Glenville were accused of selling prescription drugs after a monthlong investigation by Scotia police and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
Melvin Howenstein of Scotia, left, and William Daguerre of Glenville were accused of selling prescription drugs after a monthlong investigation by Scotia police and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
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Four people were arrested Thursday afternoon to cap a month-long investigation into prescription drug sales in the village of Scotia. Police said Melvin Howenstein, 64, of 201 Fifth St. in Scotia, was selling painkillers and anti-depressants and had an extensive network of customers. After the investigation by village police and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, Howenstein was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, as was William Duguerre, 75, of 1 Trion Ave., ...

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