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Buffalo man jailed after denial to involvement in Ogdensburg drug ring

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CANTON — A Buffalo man was put in jail Monday after he refused to admit his involvement with an Ogdensburg-based drug ring and tested positive for drugs during his sentencing in St. Lawrence County Court.

Eldridge Gossom, 26, was one of four men arrested Dec. 6 in a raid by Ogdensburg police on an apartment at 325 Belmont Courts.

He pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony, on July 12; however, when he stood before County Judge Jerome J. Richards, he maintained he wasn’t at the Belmont Courts address when police executed their warrant and said he was unaware of any drugs being at the location.

The arrests by city police were the culmination of an ongoing investigation into crack cocaine trafficking in the city.

Before sentencing, Judge Richards ordered that Mr. Gossom be tested for drugs by probation officials. He tested positive for THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol.

Mr. Gossom had been released from St. Lawrence County jail on $20,0000 bond after his initial arrest, which Judge Richards told him was going to change, along with his admission of guilt.

“I’m relieved of my commitment to you,” Judge Richards said. “My intention is to vacate your plea, vacate your bond and tell the bondsman that he is relieved of any obligations he has to you.”

Judge Richards sent Mr. Gossom back to jail without bail and is scheduling the case for trial.

In other court action Monday:

Tyler J. Moulton, 19, Madrid, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing a child for the second time in three years.

He admitted to having sexual contact with a girl under 7 years old on June 27 in the town of Madrid.

In 2011, he was sentenced to spend 60 days in jail and serve 10 years’ probation for sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl on Thanksgiving Day 2009.

In court Monday, the 2009 plea was vacated and he was sentenced to seven years in state prison on that conviction. Now, as a second child sex abuse felony offender and on the charge of first-degree sexual abuse, he was sentenced to an additional 10 years in state prison. Those sentences are to be served concurrently. He also was sentenced to three years and 15 years of post-release supervision, also to be served concurrently. Judge Richards also ordered court fines, fees and surcharges totaling $1,425.

Dillon T. Brown, 24, of 410 New York Ave., Ogdensburg, was sentenced to probation for the theft of $3,379.34 from an Ogdensburg Sunoco where he once worked.

As a result of successfully completing six months of interim probation on the guilty plea, he was granted credit for that time when he was sentenced to three years’ probation, leaving him with two and a half years on his sentence.

Additionally, his plea to the felony was vacated and he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree falsifying business records, a class A misdemeanor.

Mr. Brown has remaining restitution of $1,689.67 and was ordered to pay a $50 DNA testing fee.

Patrick W. Compo, 25, of 3 Williams Drive, Ogdensburg, was sentenced to five years’ probation for his involvement in a pair of tire thefts in summer and fall of 2010 that totaled $3,614.30.

Mr. Compo pleaded guilty to criminal possession of stolen property, a class E felony, in February 2012 and was sentenced to interim probation. On Monday, he was given credit for successfully abiding by the terms of that sentence and has four years left to serve on Monday’s sentence.

Judge Richards ordered restitution of $3,614.30 and court fines, fees and surcharges totaling $410.18.

Thomas L. Aldrich, 22, of 56 W. Wall St., Gouverneur, pleaded guilty to two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class E felony, and one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class A misdemeanor.

He was found to be in possession of a laptop, radar detector, several GPS units and other items stolen from vehicles in Gouverneur. Additionally, he pleaded guilty to violating the terms of his Aug. 2, 2010, probation sentence for one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Sentencing was scheduled for Nov. 12.

Cody C. Finton, 31, of 385 Scotch Settlement Road, Gouverneur, pleaded not guilty to aggravated driving while intoxicated and two counts of DWI, all class E felonies.

It is alleged that Mr. Finton was driving on Scotch Settlement Road with a blood alcohol content of 0.20 percent. That is more than twice the state intoxication threshold of 0.08 percent and above the 0.18 percent BAC required for an aggravated DWI charge.

Mr. Finton previously had been convicted of aggravated DWI in the town of Gouverneur on May 17, 2007.

Judge Richards released him under probation supervision.

Debra L. Ormsbee, 49, of 84 Pollock Road, Canton, pleaded not guilty to four counts of aggravated DWI, all class E felonies, and two counts of DWI, both misdemeanors.

Court documents allege that on May 18 on Pollock Road, Ms. Ormsbee was driving with a BAC of 0.15 percent.

She is being charged with aggravated DWI under Leandra’s Law because she allegedly had two youths, ages 15 and 14, as passengers in the vehicle at the time.

Judge Richards released her under probation supervision.

Edwin B. Spears, 39, Neptune, N.J., pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted burglary, a class D felony.

In December 2011, Mr. Spears was one of four men who were arrested by state police for allegedly invading the home of Sandra Dupuis, 528 Pontoon Bridge Road, Massena, taking an iPhone and an iPad and leaving the house to enter a detached garage, where they removed a set of keys from the ignition of a vehicle.

Mr. Spears is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 12.

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