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Massena man sentenced to 15 days in jail for heroin possession


MASSENA - A Massena man charged with possessing five bindles of heroin while he was awaiting sentencing on another heroin possession count has been sentenced to serve 15 days in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson also ordered Bruce D. McDonald, 30, of 49 Howard St., Massena, to pay a $125 surcharge for a disorderly conduct conviction in a plea bargain agreement with the district attorney’s office.

McDonald had been charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana at 9:33 p.m. Aug. 23 following a stop on Bayley Road. He reportedly was in possession of a small quantity of heroin and marijuana. Police said McDonald had five bindles of heroin in his wallet.

“While he was awaiting sentencing on a drug offense, he committed another drug offense,” Mr. Gustafson said.

The village justice sentenced McDonald to a one-year probationary term and ordered him to pay a $125 surcharge after pleading guilty to attempted seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in a plea bargain that had satisfied the initial drug offense.

Village police had charged McDonald with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance at 10:40 p.m. Feb. 6 following a traffic stop on Bowers Street. He was reportedly in possession of a small quantity of heroin.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Marvin L. Ward, 37, of 1425 state Route 420, Massena, was resentenced to serve 15 days in the county jail after admitting he had violated the conditions of his probationary sentence. Ward had been sentenced to probation for three years for a Dec. 11, 2010 conviction for resisting arrest,

While serving that probationary sentence, Ward was convicted on two counts of drinking and driving - a driving while intoxicated conviction from June 7, 2012 and a driving while ability impaired conviction from June 13, 2012. He had also been charged with third-degree assault and second-degree harassment on Dec. 31, 2012 after he allegedly punched his 10-year-old daughter twice during a domestic incident.

The 15-day term will run consecutive to another sentence Ward is currently serving at the county jail.

■ Amber B. Cook, 26, of 329 state Route 37, Hogansburg was fined $75 and a $125 surcharge after pleading guilty to attempted criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument. She was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge with a stipulation she successfully complete a substance abuse treatment program.

Her co-defendant, Shanon L. Brown, 36, of 11 Jameson Road, Apt. 17, Canton, was fined $200 and an $85 surcharge for third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and an additional $125 surcharge for a disorderly conduct conviction stemming from an incident that took place on June 29.

The disorderly conduct plea satisfied an unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia count that stemmed from an incident June 29 in the Walmart parking lot when a U.S. Border Patrol agent observed drug activity taking place inside Brown’s vehicle. Two syringes, a spoon and a straw cut in half were located inside the vehicle, and Brown reportedly had the cap to the syringe inside her bra.

Court documents indicated Brown admitted she had injected Cook with heroin while they were parked outside the Walmart store. The agent reportedly had observed drug paraphernalia being tossed outside the vehicle that was occupied by Cook and Brown.

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