By FELICIA KRIEG
---- — PLATTSBURGH — Police say they discovered meth when they stopped a car whose occupants were suspects in a theft at Wal-Mart in Plattsburgh.
One of the people arrested has four previous felony convictions, including sodomy and burglary, according to State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision records.
WHEELED OUT CART
Shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday, Plattsburgh-based State Police stopped a 2002 Mercury Cougar on Carbide Road in the Town of Plattsburgh.
At about 12:30 p.m. that day, Wal-Mart employees had seen a man leave the store with a shopping cart carrying items he had not paid for and took note of the description and plate number of his car, Troop B Bureau of Criminal Investigation Lt. Brent Davison said.
Store employees then began taking stock of merchandise and discovered that clothing, snack food and Coleman fuel — considered a meth precursor — had been taken, he said.
The lieutenant said they didn't know about the fuel when they stopped the car, which was driven by Nicholas P. Gero, 20, of Altona and was registered to a family member.
Police found a small amount of marijuana, a quantity of methamphetamine, precursors to meth and several items of drug paraphernalia, including pipes, syringes and spoons, in the sedan, Davison said, and a drug-related investigation began.
He said that stealing items used to make meth is "becoming one of the more common tactics" in the illegal drug industry.
Arrested Sunday along with Gero were the three passengers: Raymond J. Seguin, 29, of Saranac; Danielle M. Page, 24, of Morrisonville; and Kenneth J. Laundry, 47, of Plattsburgh.
Gero and Seguin were charged with third-degree unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine, a felony; seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor; and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.
Page was charged with third-degree unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Laundry was charged with third-degree unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine.
Gero, Seguin and Page were arraigned in Plattsburgh Town Court and sent to Clinton County Jail on $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond each.
Further charges for the theft at Wal-Mart were pending for Gero and Seguin, State Police said.
Davison said Laundry "had an extensive criminal history, which included other felony convictions, and therefore he was committed (to County Jail) without bail."
Seguin has also been charged with at least one felony in the past.
Laundry has four felonies on his record.
Back in March 1985, he went to prison on convictions of first-degree sodomy and third-degree burglary, according to state prison records. He was released to the New York State Division of Parole in November 1993.
Years later, Laundry spent about nine years in prison, the maximum sentence for his crimes of fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal mischief.
He was incarcerated in November 2001 and released from Greene Haven Correctional Facility in Stormville in June 2010.
He was discharged from his term of parole in June 2010 after less than a year.
Laundry has a preliminary felony hearing scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday in Plattsburgh Town Court, Davison said.
In the summer of 2009, Seguin was stopped by State Police on Route 374 in Plattsburgh at about 3:30 a.m. He was charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a felony, and two misdemeanor counts of driving while intoxicated.
Police said he was also ticketed for speeding and possessing marijuana.
He was released from Clinton County Jail on bail a short time after his 2009 arrest.
The outcome of that case was unknown Tuesday.
Gero, Seguin and Page will appear in Town Court to face their charges at 4 p.m. Thursday.
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