MALONE — A dozen of the more than 50 people arrested in two high-profile drug cases in Franklin County pleaded guilty in County Court Wednesday.

Three will serve time in state prison.

Penalties for many of the rest can range from electronic-home monitoring to probation to time in the County Jail.

Two men described as “on the fringes” of a marijuana- and cocaine-smuggling operation that allegedly brought 100 kilos of pot into the country from Canada are going to prison.

So is a woman from a separate case who sold prescription drugs after acquiring them by using county-issued Medicaid benefits.

District Attorney Derek Champagne said all three have prior felony convictions, which makes state-prison time mandatory at sentencing next month.



APRIL DRUG BUST

Thomas Nesbitt, 28, formerly of 87 Bird Road, Constable, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree criminal sale of marijuana, stemming from incidents on April 5 and 10.

He was ordered to pay $4,650 in restitution in one count and $3,550 in the other.

Nesbitt was taken to County Jail, where he’ll be held without bail until sentencing July 30.

Seth Lodge, 28, of Schenectady pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and was taken to County Jail without bail until sentencing July 30.

Both Nesbitt and Lodge admitted before Judge Robert G. Main Jr. that they were loosely involved with a network that police officials said transported 220 pounds of high-grade marijuana from Canada to the United States through Franklin County and took it to Albany.

Officials estimate the organization dealt $4 million worth of drugs before being brought down on April 24.

Several people arrested in that operation face federal charges, including a Malone woman and her two sons.

During that early-morning roundup on April 24, police seized a home on Bird Road, boats, trailers, a Winnebago motor home, several trucks, cars, snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles, appliances, $130,000 in cash and more.



MAY DRUG BUST

Ten others face assorted charges stemming from a May investigation into the use of Medicaid benefits to obtain Oxycontin and Hydrocodone.

Some exaggerated their symptoms at doctors’ visits, faked car-accident injuries, coached each other on how to get stronger medicines and lied about lost prescriptions.

Lisa A. Gordon, 37, of Malone pleaded guilty to fifth-degree attempted sale of a controlled substance and was ordered to pay $20 in restitution to the District Attorney’s Office.

Gordon admitted she was involved in a wide-spread scam that used county Medicaid benefits to buy prescription drugs, which she later sold to others.

She was released under the supervision of the Probation Department on home detention to await sentencing, which will take place for all of the 12 defendants on July 30.

Christopher White, 23, of 384 West Main St., Malone pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of marijuana and was ordered to pay $680 in restitution to the District Attorney’s Office.

He is being held in County Jail without bail.

Ann M. Fournier, 21, of 28 Clay St., Malone pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of marijuana and was ordered to pay $200 in restitution to the District Attorney’s Office.

She is being held in County Jail without bail.

Joshua L. Wolz, 24, of 678 Benoit Road, Malone pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and was ordered to pay $495 in restitution.

He is being held in County Jail without bail.

Edith G. McDonald, 42, of 29 Cedar St., Malone pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and was ordered to pay $30 restitution to the District Attorney’s Office.

She was released under the supervision of the Probation Department.

A 16-year-old youthful offender pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of marijuana and was ordered to pay the District Attorney’s Office $380 in restitution.

He was taken to County Jail without bail.

Tammy L. Cook, 34, of 38 Howard Ave., Malone pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and was taken to County Jail, where she will be held without bail until sentencing.

Vernon H. Jock Sr., 49, of 28 Perrin Road, Malone pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and was ordered to pay $200 in restitution to the District Attorney’s Office.

His case was adjourned for sentencing.

Stacey L. Ormsby, 33, of 43 Front St., Malone pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and was ordered to pay $40 in restitution to the District Attorney’s Office.

She was taken to County Jail without bail to await sentencing.

Ronald 0. Slayton, 57, of Constable pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and ordered to pay $400 in restitution to the District Attorney’s Office.

He was released under the supervision of the Probation Department with extensive conditions due to health concerns.



E-mail Denise A. Raymo at:

draymo@pressrepublican.com

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