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Police, Fire, Courts

July 21, 2013

Meth offenders sentenced

PLATTSBURGH — Three locals were sentenced recently after pleading guilty to meth-related charges.

All three were required to provide a sample of their DNA, and their driver’s licenses were suspended.

Jason C. Donah, 33, of Plattsburgh pleaded guilty to three felony charges: second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree manufacturing of methamphetamine and second-degree conspiracy.

He was given an aggregate sentence of five years in prison with five years of post-release supervision by Clinton County Judge Patrick McGill.

And Donah was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and $375 in mandatory surcharges.

TRAFFIC STOP

On Dec. 6, 2012, Donah was arrested along with another man with whom Donah was living at 4009 State Route 22 in Plattsburgh.

A traffic stop earlier that day prompted the investigation. And materials used to make methamphetamine were found in the car, State Police Troop B Bureau of Criminal Investigation Lt. Brent Davison said.

After police secured a search warrant, they collected further evidence of meth manufacturing at the Route 22 home. The State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team assisted with that investigation.

PRECURSORS FOUND

William B. LaFountain’s arrest was also the result of a traffic stop.

On Jan. 25, Chazy-based State Police stopped a car the 33-year-old Mooers man was driving on Route 22 for a traffic violation.

In the car, police found meth precursors, namely, pseudoephedrine, lye and cold packs containing ammonium nitrate, police said.

Lafountain was also found to be in possession of a digital scale and glass pipe with marijuana residue.

He was originally charged with criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine, a felony; second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor; and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

LaFountain pleaded guilty in Clinton County Court to criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine and was sentenced by Judge Kevin Ryan to nine months in jail.

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