PLATTSBURGH -- Six men are now facing an array of drug-related charges after a Clinton County grand jury returned indictments against them.

According to Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie, the arrests resulted from an eight-month investigation by the Adirondack Drug Task Force, which is comprised of the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Border Patrol, New York State Police, Clinton County Sheriff's Department, Plattsburgh City Police and the local District Attorney's Office.

MEN ARRESTED

Two college students, Rochester-native Bryan McKinley and Sean Mahoney, 19, of Albany, turned themselves in to authorities and were later arraigned in Clinton County Court on drug-possession and sale charges.

McKinley is now facing two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and an additional felony charge of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly selling 4.3 grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms earlier this year. The 20-year-old was arraigned before Judge Patrick McGill and sent to the County Jail.

Mahoney was charged with third-degree criminal sale of marijuana, a felony, and fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor, after he allegedly sold about 28 grams of the drug in December 2006.

Both students were released from the County Jail after posting $2,500 cash bail and will reappear before McGill July 18.

Two other men, Edward Auger and Michael Amon, were already being held at the local jail when they were indicted on drug-related charges.

Auger, 27, is now facing felony charges: two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He allegedly sold about 5 grams of mushrooms in early December 2006.

If convicted on the original charges, he could face a sentence of up to 18 years in prison. He will reappear before McGill July 18 to face the charges.

Amon is facing a felony charge of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after he allegedly possessed about 1,300 milligrams of cocaine last September.

After appearing before McGill, the 21-year-old was returned to the local jail. He is due back in court July 18.

Shayan Monelle and Christopher Lewis, both of Plattsburgh, were also indicted on several charges.

Monelle, 28, faces three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, all felonies, which are punishable by up to 27 years in prison.

After appearing before Judge Kevin Ryan, Monelle was sent to the County Jail on $20,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond and will reappear in court May 22 to face the charges.

Lewis, 32, is facing felony charges of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, in addition to lesser charges of third-degree conspiracy and endangering the welfare of a child.

In a second indictment, Lewis was charged with additional offenses of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

After appearing before Ryan, he was sent to the local jail on $10,000 cash bail or $25,000 bond. He will be back before Ryan June 14.

"I'm glad our investigation has continued to develop and we were able to take these drugs off the street with the people who sell them," Wylie said of the arrests Thursday night.

DRUG PLEAS

Stemming from earlier Adirondack Drug Task Force investigations and arrests, two men entered guilty pleas Thursday in County Court on their drug-related charges.

According to Wylie, Mark Scarder, 26, of Brooklyn pleaded guilty to felony charges of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The district attorney recommended a five-year determinate prison sentence, followed by two years of post-release supervision, in addition to a $2,500 fine, when he is sentenced before McGill July 30.

Monyette Clark, 23, of Lake Placid pleaded guilty to lesser felony charges of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

He will likely be sentenced to six months in jail and five months of probation, in addition to court fines and surcharges, when he is sentenced July 30 before McGill.

avanvalkenburg@pressrepublican.com

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