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Gloversville man pleads guilty to drug possession

October 28, 2008
The Leader Herald

FONDA - A Gloversville man pleaded guilty to possession of drugs in Montgomery County Court on Friday.

A spokeswoman for the District Attorney James "Jeb" Conboy's office said Joshua M. Tesi, 27, of 15 Cherry St. pleaded guilty to fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Tesi pleaded guilty to possessing 8 ounces of cocaine in the city of Amsterdam. City police said they seized more than a kilogram of cocaine from Tesi's vehicle.

Police stopped Tesi's vehicle around 8:15 a.m. March 5 on Route 5 near the city's Public Safety Building for having tinted windows. A Fulton County Sheriff's Department drug-sniffing dog searched the car and found the cocaine. He was originally charged with third-degree possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.

The drugs were estimated to have a street value of $18,000.

He faces four years in state prison and three years of post-release supervision when he is sentenced Dec. 15.

Also in Montgomery County Court on Friday:

Onic A. Martinez-Velasquez, 24, of 18 Henry St. was sentenced to six years in state prison and five years of post-release supervision for an October 2007 robbery of King's Food Mini Mart at 313 E. Main St.

Martinez-Velasquez was arrested July 18 this year after he fled to Puerto Rico after the robbery. He also went to Lancaster, Pa., where he went on a "brief crime spree there," according to Amsterdam police.

Duane A. Larochelle, 48, of 6097 Route 5 in Palatine Bridge, was sentenced to one to three years in state prison and $4,000 in fines.

Having been charged with two felony driving-while-intoxicated counts, Larochelle pleaded guilty to charges of driving under the influence of alcohol on Aug. 25, 2007, and May 13, 2008.

 
 

 

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