Man faces 2 years in state prison

Arrest yielded large sum of narcotics

JOHNSTOWN — A Gloversville man, found last fall with what police said was a “significant quantity of narcotics,” is facing two years in prison following his recent guilty plea in Fulton County Court.

James A. Dean, 41, of 71 Division St., pleaded guilty Jan. 12, before County Judge Louise K. Sira, to one felony count of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Sentencing, part of a plea arrangement, was adjourned until a later date. Dean is expected to receive two years in state prison, followed by one year of post-release supervision. He also faces some restitution and a driver’s license suspension, prosecutors said.

Dean was arrested by Gloversville police on Oct. 31. He was charged with: two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Officers said members of the Gloversville Police Department’s Detective Division received information pertaining to a male subject alleged to be in possession of a handgun and quantity of drugs. During the investigation, detectives conducted surveillance on a vehicle the suspect was reported to be operating.

Police said detectives observed a man place an item into the trunk of a vehicle and leave a residence. Detectives observed the operator of the vehicle, and confirmed the suspect to be Dean, police said. Detectives conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle — the result of previously learned information indicating Dean had a suspended New York state driver’s license.

During the traffic stop, Dean couldn’t provide the identity of the owner of the vehicle, but provided an address, police said. Detectives made contact with the owner of the vehicle, who consented to a search.

In the trunk of the vehicle, detectives located an imitation firearm, and a box containing a “significant quantity of narcotics,” police said. Detectives said they located hydrocodone, generic Valium, Suboxone, marijuana, and crack cocaine, all packaged individually, into specific quantities, for sale.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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