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Ogdensburg woman pleaded guilty to manufacturing meth count

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CANTON - A 30-year-old Ogdensburg woman was released from custody Friday after pleading guilty to a third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamines count in St. Lawrence County Court.

County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and told Sarah A. LaJoy of 512 Hasbrouck St. she would be sentenced on Sept. 8.

Lajoy was charged by Ogdensburg City Police April 8 with felony counts of third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor charges of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child.

Three children, ages 8, 4 and 3, were living in her home at the time of the bust.

Judge Richards said a substance abuse evaluation had recommended outpatient treatment.

He released Lajoy under the supervision of the probation department with a stipulation that she had five days to enter treatment.

He also stressed she needed to submit to random drug and alcohol testing and could not enter any establishments where alcohol is sold for on premises consumption. “No Buster’s, no Pizza Hut, no taverns,” he stressed.

Lajoy said she was also aware she needed to comply with any recommendations from her outpatient treatment provider, test negative for drug use and abide by a curfew requiring her to be in her residence from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day.

Judge Richards reminded Lajoy she needed to comply with the conditions of her release, noting she could be sentenced to up to 2 1/2 years in state prison for her felony conviction.

Police said Lajoy possessed methamphetamine and psychedelic mushrooms in addition to a gas generator, pliers, solvent, muriatic acid, lithium batteries and drano crystals used to create methamphetamine.

On April 3, the Ogdensburg Police Department was requested to accompany St. Lawrence County Child Protective Services to the house.

Upon arrival, officers made observations that led them to believe methamphetamine was being manufactured in the home.

Members of the Ogdensburg Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit and the St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force obtained a search warrant for the premises.

Victor P. Green, 33, of 512 Hasbrouck St., was also charged with felony third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child.

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