Press-Republican

November 23, 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.

Larry E. Guerrier, 31, was charged in April with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after a U.S. Customs and Border Protection canine detected more than 900 Ecstasy pills on a Greyhound bus that was traveling from Canada into the United States via the Champlain Port of Entry, according to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department.

The Plattsburgh man, who was a Florida resident at the time of his arrest, pleaded guilty in Clinton County Court before Judge Patrick McGill to fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and was issued a two-year determinate prison sentence with one year of post-release supervision.

The court ordered Guerrier to pay fines and surcharges, and his license was suspended.

Matthew Gibson, 51, of Plattsburgh pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. McGill issued him a seven-year determinate prison sentence with two years of post-release supervision. Gibson was ordered to pay a surcharge and restitution.

He must also provide a sample of his DNA and pay the $50 sample-collection fee. His right to an appeal was waived, and the court suspended his driver’s license.

Gibson is a convicted rapist who formerly lived in Tennessee and was found residing in Plattsburgh in 2011 without notifying authorities of his address change, police said. The drug charge is unrelated to that incident.

In April, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department said, deputies found Christal M. Dennis, 40, of Altona burning methamphetamine ingredients outside her home in a fire pit with her husband, Julius B. Chagnon.

Dennis was originally charged with unlawful manufacturing of meth, a felony; unlawful disposal of meth lab material, a felony; endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor; and unlawful burning, a violation.

Several children were in the home when authorities arrested Dennis and Chagnon, police said.

Dennis pleaded guilty in Clinton County Court to third-degree attempted unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine. Judge Kevin Ryan sentenced her to six months in jail with five years of probation. She must provide a DNA sample, pay the sample-collection fee and pay a surcharge. Her license was suspended by the court.

Dennis must also undergo a substance-abuse evaluation and receive the recommended treatment.

Taron T. Robinson, 25, of Plattsburgh pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, and McGill sentenced him to three years in prison determinate with two years of post-release supervision.

Robinson was ordered to pay $400 in restitution and a $375 surcharge. He must also provide a DNA sample and pay the sample-collection fee. His license was revoked by the court.

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