Press-Republican

September 14, 2013

11 of 34 snagged in drug bust plead guilty

By FELICIA KRIEG
Press-Republican

---- — MALONE — Eleven of 34 people arrested in an Aug. 28 drug sweep entered guilty pleas in Franklin County Court this week.

All indicted earkuer by a Franklin County grand jury, they appeared before Judge Robert G. Main Jr., according to a news release from the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office.

“Anytime we do the narcotics sweeps, typically one-third of them would be indicted before they’re arrested,” said Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne.

Indictments are sought from a grand jury in more serious drug cases or if the suspect might be connected to another case, he said.

All the defendant’s charges are felonies.

Saranac Lake Police are still searching for four suspects they were not able to locate during the sweep: Wesley R. Strack, 30; Alissa R. Tucker, 19; Nicholas B. Kolbasook, 19; and Adam S. Bateman, 23, Police Chief Bruce Nason said Thursday.

The day of the sweep, Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne said it was “probably the single largest roundup in the North Country for as long as I can remember.”

PLEAS ENTERED

Here are the defendants and their pleas:

Scott Baker, 28, of Tupper Lake pleaded guilty to three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (heroin and fentanyl).

His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 16.

Michael Delair, 39, of Tupper Lake pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance (cocaine). He was also originally charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 2, 2013.

Shane Monaghan, 23, of Malone pleaded guilty to three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance (crack cocaine). He was also originally charged with three counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 25.

Joseph O’Rourke, 34, of Malone pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone).

His sentencing is set for Dec. 16.

Adam M. Petell, 28, of Malone pleaded guilty to two counts of fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance (suboxone). Petell was also originally charged with two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 2.

Rodney Sheldon, 36, of Saranac Lake pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine). Sheldon was originally indicted on charges of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 2.

Kyle Simpson, 29, of Saranac Lake pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance (suboxone). He was also originally charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

His sentencing is set for Dec. 16.

Coty T. Smith, 21, of Malone pleaded guilty to two counts of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance (morphine). Smith 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.

His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 16.

Matthew Taylor, 30, of Saranac Lake pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance (Xanax). Taylor was originally also charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 25.

Nichole Thomas, 25, of Moira pleaded guilty to fourth-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (hydrocodone). She was originally charged with fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Her sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 16.

Beth Woodruff, 40, of Saranac Lake pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (suboxone).

Her sentencing is set for Dec. 16.

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