November 15, 2012

First of three sentenced for meth charges


---- — PLATTSBURGH — One of three men who pleaded guilty to methamphetamine charges connected to a clandestine lab on Eleanor Way has been sentenced to state prison.

Jaime H. Gaudette, 36; Kristopher Peryea, 36; and Aaron Prim, 35, were arrested on July 17 at 10 Eleanor Way in the City of Plattsburgh, following an investigation by the Adirondack Drug Task Force and the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office. 

The apartment building was evacuated following the raid; Plattsburgh City Fire Department and other agencies worked to decontaminate the structure and the suspects.

Tuesday, Gaudette, who had no prior felony criminal history, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in state prison with two years of post-release supervision. The Plattsburgh man, who lived at 10 Eleanor Way, was also ordered to pay $375 in mandatory surcharges and provide a DNA sample.

“Four-and-one-half years in state prison will be the standard for first-time offenders caught producing methamphetamine in Clinton County,” said Assistant District Attorney Douglas Collyer in a news release. 

“Production of methamphetamine will not be tolerated by law enforcement in this county. Those who choose to produce meth here must be prepared to face the consequences when they are caught.”

All three had faced charges of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree conspiracy and unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine.

On Sept. 14, in satisfaction of a grand-jury indictment, Gaudette, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance before Clinton County Court Judge Patrick R. McGill.

Peryea, on Oct. 22, entered a plea of guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance, also as prompted by grand-jury indictment. His recommended sentence, the DA’s Office said, is also four-and-a-half years in state prison with two years of post-release supervision.

He will be sentenced on Jan. 3, 2013. Tuesday, the Saranac man remained in Clinton County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Prim, of Redford, who made the same guilty plea to the same charge on Nov. 5, has the same recommended sentence. He was also still incarcerated on Tuesday in lieu of $20,000 bail. He is scheduled for sentencing on March 6, 2013.

Neither Prim nor Peryea had prior felony histories either, the DA’s Office said.

Gaudette was represented by attorney Michael Phillips, Peryea’s legal counsel is Keith Bruno, and Prim is represented by Miriam Hadden.

The bust was one of several in Clinton County this year; other raids netted arrests in the Town of Plattsburgh, Keeseville, Mooers, Altona and West Chazy.

— News Editor Suzanne Moore contributed to this report.