Press-Republican

October 20, 2013

Drug offenders sentenced in Clinton County Court

By FELICIA KRIEG
Press-Republican

---- — PLATTSBURGH — Four felony drug offenders were sentenced recently in Clinton County Court.

Joel L. Cayea, 36, of Ellenburg Center pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, a felony, and was sentenced by Clinton County Court Judge Kevin Ryan to a year and a half in prison determinate with one year post-release supervision.

Cayea was ordered to pay $375 in mandatory surcharges and provide a sample of his DNA and pay the DNA sample collection fee. His driver’s license was suspended, and his right to an appeal was waived.

‘BOUGHT PRECURSORS’

Police investigation into Cayea’s activities started in March, when they received a report that he had purchased meth precursors from ACE Hardware in Champlain.

U.S. Border Patrol officers found Cayea, with the items in his backpack, as he started to board a Clinton County Public Transportation System bus in Champlain, police said soon after his arrest.

In addition to the meth precursors, police said they found used hypodermic needles and two pipes containing marijuana residue in Cayea’s possession.

He was initially charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of meth, a felony; seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor; and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

9-MONTH INVESTIGATION

Also sentenced in Clinton County Court was Jennifier R. Dennett, 32, of Plattsburgh, who pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony.

Ryan sentenced Dennett to three years prison determinate with two years of post-release supervision. She must pay $65 in restitution, $75 in surcharges, provide a sample of her DNA and pay sample collection fee.

Like Cayea, Dennett’s license was suspended, and her right to an appeal was waived.

She was arrested in May by the Adirondack Drug Task Force in a sweep that brought in nine suspects.

The arrests were the result of a nine-month investigation into the sale of heroin, cocaine and prescription drugs in Clinton County, police said.

She was originally charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies.

‘SOLD PRESCRIPTION DRUGS’

Rosa L. Dreslinski, 28, of Plattsburgh pleaded guilty in Clinton County Court to fourth-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony, and Ryan sentenced her to one and a half years in state prison with one year of post-release supervision.

The court requires that she pay restitution and fees.

After a lengthy investigation by the Adirondack Drug Task Force that started in late 2012, Plattsburgh City Police arrested Dreslinski in May for selling prescription drugs, Plattsburgh City Police previously told the Press-Republican.

She was originally charged with fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies.

ARRESTED IN LARGE BUST

Darwin Weiand, 27, of Schuyler Falls pleaded guilty to fourth-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, and Ryan sentenced him to time served and five years of probation.

Ryan ordered Weiand to provide a sample of his DNA and pay the sample collection fee.

He was arrested in the 32-person drug bust in December 2012 for allegedly selling the painkiller buprenorphine.

Like Dreslinski, he was initially charged with fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

First-time felons are offered a treatment program if they have a drug addiction, according to the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office.

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