New Jersey woman admits to drug count

JOHNSTOWN – A New Jersey woman pleaded guilty Thursday in Fulton County Court to drug possession and is expected to receive six months in the county jail, according to the Fulton County district attorney’s office.

Chiffon Butler, 26, of 426 Central Ave., Hamington, N.J., pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

In addition to jail time, she is expected to receive five years of probation when sentenced later, District Attorney Louise Sira said.

The case of a co-defendant in the case, Justin “Blue” Jansen, 25, of 330 Division St., Schenectady, is still pending, Sira said.

The two were charged Nov. 5 in Gloversville.

Police at the time said they found a “significant” amount of crack cocaine in the suspects’ vehicle after it was stopped after a complaint about a suspicious vehicle. Police said Jansen was driving the vehicle when it was stopped on Carpenter Street. The vehicle was a rental, but neither Jansen nor Butler was on the rental agreement, and Jansen was not licensed, police said.

While interviewing the suspects, police said, they learned illegal narcotics were in the vehicle.

Police found about 23 grams of crack cocaine with a street value of about $2,500, police said.

In other recent court action:

Richard Colson Jr., 27, of 184 Bleecker St., Gloversville, pleaded guilty Wednesday before Judge Polly A. Hoye to driving while ability impaired and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.

Sentencing was adjourned until a later date, but he is expected to receive 1 1/3 to three years in state prison as part of a plea arrangement.

Colson was arrested Oct. 26 in Gloversville.

Derek C. Hayes, 32, of Gloversville, pleaded guilty Wednesday before Hoye to third-degree burglary, fourth-degree criminal mischief and petit larceny as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was adjourned until April 30, but he is due to receive one year in the county jail, possibly with credit for time served.

He was arrested Sept. 5 in Johnstown.

Kurt F. Baird, 34, of Gloversville pleaded guilty Feb. 28 before Hoye to aggravated driving while intoxicated as part of a plea arrangement.

He was sentenced to seven months in the county jail and a three-year conditional discharge.

Baird was arrested by state police May 25 and charged with endangering the welfare of a child under Leandra’s Law. His vehicle was stopped at 9:05 p.m. that day in Northampton and he was driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.11 percent with three children ages 10, 12 and 14 inside the vehicle, state police said.

Shawn D. Henderson, 33, of 196 Sacandaga Road, pleaded guilty Monday before Giardino to charges of driving while intoxicated, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and reckless driving.

He is expected to be sentenced later to sixth months in jail and five years of probation as part of a plea arrangement.

He was charged Feb. 14 by Johnstown police as the result of an attempted traffic stop.

Henderson was charged with driving while intoxicated, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, reckless driving, failure to comply, speeding, failure to stop at a stop sign, and nine other vehicle and traffic charges.

Police said officers attempted to stop Henderson after seeing him fail to stop for a stop sign. During the stop, police said, he left the city of Johnstown and headed to LaGrange Road, where he stopped and exited the car before running into a wooded area.

He was found and arrested, police said.

Montejoe Esposito Jr., whose age and address were unavailable, pleaded guilty Monday before Giardino to failure to register as a sex offender.

He is due to be sentenced to six months in the county jail.

He was arrested Sept. 27 in Gloversville.

Michael Anich can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.