Drug dealer to get prison time

JOHNSTOWN — A Gloversville man arrested in March as part of a high-profile drug raid in that city pleaded guilty recently in Fulton County Court, and is due to receive 2 1/2 years in state prison.

Isaiah Allen, 23, of 85 North St. pleaded guilty May 14 before County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye to one felony count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was adjourned until a later date, but Allen is slated to receive 2 1/2 years in state prison and two years post-release supervision. His driver’s license will also be suspended.

Allen was arrested by the Gloversville Police Department on March 20 — along with three co-defendants — in a drug raid in the city. He was charged with two felony counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one felony count of fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

During the raid, police discovered a quantity of cocaine and heroin packaged for sale, as well as an imitation firearm, ammunition and several thousand dollars, alleged to be proceeds of the ongoing sale of narcotics based out of Allen’s North Street address.

A police news release issued at the time said the Glove Cities Emergency Response Team, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, executed simultaneous search warrants on two separate third floor apartments at 85 North St. The arrests followed a month-long drug investigation conducted by Gloversville police and the DEA’s Tactical Diversion Squad.

In other recent County Court cases:

∫Dylan L. Sowle, 21, of County Highway 110, Broadalbin, was sentenced May 15 by County Court Judge Louise K. Sira to two to four years in state prison, as a second felony offender.

The sentence was based on Sowle’s May 4 guilty plea before Hoye to one felony count of third-degree burglary, as part of a plea arrangement.

State police arrested Sowle on Jan. 30, charging him with third-degree burglary for an incident on Jan 29 in Broadalbin. Troopers said Sowle broke into ice shanties on the Greater Sacandaga Lake.

Sowle was also charged with third-degree burglary in December 2014. He was one of six people arrested after state police allege they broke into several campers at a Broadalbin campground. Suspects, including Sowle, were charged for incidents at the Birch Haven Campgrounds, where multiple items were stolen.

∫ Devin B. Johnson, 33, of 12 S. Melcher St., Johnstown, pleaded guilty May 15 before Hoye to one felony count of second-degree assault, as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was adjourned until a later date, but he is expected to receive 3 1/2 years in state prison, followed by five years post-release supervision. Restitution and an order of protection for his victim was also granted.

Johnson was arrested Jan. 24 by Johnstown police, charged with first-degree assault, a felony; resisting arrest, a misdemeanor; and violation of parole.

Police said he was charged on West Clinton Street on an active warrant from City Court for assault.

∫ Drake C. Dolder, 24, of 287 Woods Hollow Road, Gloversville, was sentenced May 22 by Sira to 1 1/2 to three years in state prison, as part of a plea arrangement. He must also make restitution.

The sentence was due to Dolder’s March 23 guilty plea to one felony count of third-degree criminal mischief, and one misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated.

Dolder was arrested by Johnstown police at 12:26 a.m. Nov. 8 with third-degree criminal mischief, consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle, driving while ability impaired, unsafe backing, second-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree escape.

Police said Dolder was charged on South Melcher Street. Police were investigating a family offense when Dolder intentionally backed his car into a marked police car. While at the police station at City Hall on East Main Street, police said Dolder escaped from custody for a “very short” period of time, but apprehended and charged with escape.

In the family offense, Dolder, was charged with third-degree felony criminal mischief, fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, third-degree assault and criminal obstruction of breathing.

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