Several sentenced on drug charges

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira said Monday local authorities have made a “significant dent” in drug dealing in the county, as evidenced by several convictions and sentencings in recent months.

Sira announced drug offense pleas and sentencings in Fulton County Court since late last summer that involved several defendants.

These cases stem from 2013 drug trafficking investigations conducted by the Fulton County Drug and Violent Crime Task force. That group includes the Gloversville Police Department, state police and the state police’s Community Narcotics Enforcement Team. The cases reflect several months of investigative work involving multiple targets, many of which were arrested during a multi-agency sweep in August.

“The combined work of the Taskforce and District Attorney’s Office has certainly made a significant dent in drug dealing in Fulton County,” Sira said in a news release issued Monday. “All dispositions involved significant prison sentences and send a strong message that we don’t want drug dealers destroying our Fulton County neighborhoods.”

The cases that have gone through county court in recent months follows:

James L. “New Blood” Parker, 26, of 930 Putnam Avenue, Brooklyn, was sentenced Feb. 7 by Judge Polly A. Hoye as a second felony offender to five years in state prison, with two years post-release supervision, as part of a plea arrangement. He must also make $280 restitution to Sira’s office for “buy money,” and he waived his right to appeal.

Sentencing was based on his Nov. 20 guilty plea before Hoye to felony third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, in full satisfaction of indicted charges.

Parker was arrested Aug. 28 by Gloversville police, one of several defendants charged as part of raids in the city and the town of Johnstown that resulted in seizure of thousands of dollars of drugs and cash.

Marvin “Loco” McLaurin, 26, of 2552 Route 29, town of Johnstown, pleaded guilty Jan. 29 before Hoye to felony third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, in full satisfaction of indicted charges.

He is slated to be sentenced April 7 to five years in state prison with post release supervision up to the sentencing judge. The defendant will be ordered to forfeit $1,704 seized at the time of arrest and repay $280 in restitution for buy money to Sira’s office and waive his right to appeal.

Authorities arrested McLaurin as one of seven people charged on drug-related charges in raids in Gloversville and the town of Johnstown on Aug. 22.

Police said an arrest warrant for McLaurin – based on a County Court indictment – was executed at 2552 Route 29. During a subsequent search warrant executed at McLaurin’s residence, police said, search teams found crack cocaine, prescription narcotics, marijuana and about $1,600 in cash.

Maurice A. “Mo/Big Homie” Wallace, 31, of 5 E. Eighth Ave., (upstairs), Gloversville, was sentenced Jan. 31 as a second felony offender to five years in state prison, with two years post-release supervision. He waived his right to appeal, and made restitution to Sira’s office for buy money in the amount of $480.

Wallace pleaded guilty Oct. 31 before Giardino to felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

He was arrested Aug. 22 by Gloversville police after officers searched Wallace’s apartment. Wallace, who police said is a member of the Bloods street gang, was found with crack cocaine and $5,034 in cash.

Mark “Snoopy” Atty Jr., 24, of 69 Hill Street, Gloversville, was sentenced Dec. 19 by Judge Richard C. Giardino to three years in state prison with two years of post-release supervision, and $240 restitution to Sira’s office for buy money. He waived his right to appeal.

The sentence was based on his Oct. 16 guilty plea before Giardino to felony third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, in full satisfaction of indicted charges.

Atty was arrested Aug. 22 when arrest teams went to his home and charged him with two counts of felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance; and two felony counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Clyde Jones, 47, of 14 Curtis St., Gloversville, was sentenced by Hoye on Dec. 18 as a second felony offender to 4 1/2 years in state prison with two years of post-release supervision, $420 restitution to Sira’s office and he waived his right to appeal.

Sentencing was based on Jones’ Nov. 1 guilty plea before Hoye to felony third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, in full satisfaction of indicted charges.

Jones was arrested Aug. 22 by Gloversville police on a warrant issued for his home.

Kathleen M. Ryle, 60, of 44 S. Judson St., Apartment 2, Gloversville, pleaded guilty Feb. 3 before Hoye to felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in full satisfaction of indicted charges.

She is slated to be sentenced April 16 to four years in state prison with two years of post-release supervision. She will forfeit $1,090 seized at the time of arrest and repay $1,000 in restitution for buy money to Sira’s office, waiving her right to appeal.

Ryle was arrested Oct. 1 by state police after authorities found she had nearly $13,000 in drugs and cash.

Alex J. Robles-Flores, 22, of 3 Prospect Ave., apartment 7, Gloversville, was sentenced by Hoye on Feb. 24 to 2 1/2 years in state prison, with two years of post-release supervision. The defendant was ordered to repay $350 in restitution to Sira’s office and waived his right to appeal.

Sentencing was based on his Dec. 12 guilty plea before Hoye to felony criminal possession of a controlled substance, in full satisfaction of indicted charges.

Robles-Flores was arrested Sept. 20 by state police. Troopers said he had more than 60 bags of heroin and marijuana after a search warrant of his home was executed. Investigators said detectives found heroin, marijuana and equipment used to package and weigh drugs for sale. Police said a total of 64 bags of heroin – with an estimated street value of more than $1,000 – were found at the location.

William “Nevada” Quintana Jr., 25, of 88 Fremont Street, apartment 2, Gloversville, was sentenced Dec. 19 by Hoye to three years in state prison, with two years of post-release supervision. The defendant was ordered to repay $200 to Sira’s office, and he waived his right to appeal.

Sentencing was based on his Oct. 28 guilty plea before Hoye to felony third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, in full satisfaction of indicted charges.

Quintana was arrested Sept. 27 by Gloversville police.

Ricardo J. Charles, 24, of 20 Lincoln St., Gloversville, pleaded guilty Nov. 21 before Giardino to felony third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

He was sentenced Thursday to two to four years in state prison and waived his right to appeal.

Charles was arrested Sept. 11 by Gloversville police, who said he threw a backpack containing a handgun out a window last September. Police said a report of trespassing led to Charles being arrested after he threw a backpack containing a handgun out a window. Police said officers responded to 8 Second Ave. for a report of trespassing. Upon arrival, police said, officers were directed to the third floor. After officers entered the apartment, police said, they found Charles alone and removed him.

Police said witnesses saw a backpack being thrown out of the third-story window. Officers found a handgun in the backpack and other property belonging to Charles, who at the time was wanted on a warrant out of Schenectady.