Press-Republican

April 8, 2013

4½ years set as standard meth sentence

By FELICIA KRIEG
Press-Republican

---- — PLATTSBURGH — Four North Country residents and a New York City man originally arrested on drug charges were sentenced recently.

The third man arrested in connection with a clandestine methamphetamine lab in the City of Plattsburgh was sentenced to time in state prison.

Aaron Prim, 35, of Redford, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, in November 2012 and was sentenced by Clinton County Court Judge Patrick McGill to four and one-half years in state prison determinate with two years post-release supervision.

Prim must also provide a sample of his DNA and pay the DNA sample fee as well as a $375 surcharge.

He was received into the custody of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision on March 14 and is incarcerated in Downstate Correctional Facility in Fishkill, N.Y., according to prison records.

Kristopher Peryea, 22, of Saranac, and Jaime H. Gaudette, 36, of Plattsburgh, who were arrested with Prim, also received sentences of four and one-half years in prison.

Prim, Peryea and Gaudette were all originally charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree conspiracy and unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, all felonies.

Police believe the three men were making meth in an apartment building at 10 Eleanor Way in the City of Plattsburgh.

Four and one-half years will be the standard sentence for first-time offenders caught making meth, Clinton County Assistant District Attorney Douglas Collyer previously said a news release.

MOOERS METH BUST

Michael C. Stone, 34, of Plattsburgh, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal possession of controlled substance, a felony, and was sentenced by Clinton County Court Judge Kevin Ryan to eight years determinant and five years post-release supervision as a second-felony offender.

He was ordered to provide a DNA sample and pay mandatory fees and surcharges. Stone’s license was suspended.

Four others, including Stephanie L. Porter, 27, of Chateaugay, were charged with Porter after the Adirondack Drug Task Force, Plattsburgh City Police Department SWAT Team and New York State Police discovered an active meth lab at 3199 State Route 11 in Mooers Forks.

Police said they found some meth and a small amount of marijuana in addition to the lab.

Porter pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and was sentenced to six months jail and five years probation.

She was ordered to pay fees. Her license was suspended and her right to an appeal waived.

As part of her sentence, Porter will undergo a substance abuse evaluation and treatment.

COCAINE SALE

Michael A. Lee, 28, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony. Judge Ryan sentenced the Brooklyn man to two and one-half years in state prison with two years post-release supervision.

Lee was ordered to pay restitution and a surcharge. 

He was received into the custody of the state Department Corrections and Community Supervision on March 21 and is incarcerated in Downstate Correctional Facility in Fishkill, N.Y., according to prison records.

A November, 2012 indictment charged Lee with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, specifically cocaine, and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Police believe Lee sold cocaine in the Town of Plattsburgh on Sept. 19, 2012, and Oct. 10, 2012, according to a press release from the Adirondack Drug Task Force.

HEROIN BUST

Alisha K. Vincent, 23, of Plattsburgh pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal nuisance, a felony. Judge McGill sentenced her to one and one-third to four years in state prison and ordered her to pay surcharges and provide a DNA sample.

Vincent was living in an apartment at 91B Champlain St. in the City of Plattsburgh where about 60 bags of heroin worth about $3,000 were found by Plattsburgh City Police in March 2012. 

Email Felicia Krieg:fkrieg@pressrepublican.com