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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 when 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, 453 Newburgh Ave., Buffalo, was one of four men arrested on Dec. 6 following a raid by Ogdensburg police on an apartment at 325 Belmont Courts.

The Erie County man pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony, on July 12; however, when he stood before St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome J. Richards Monday he maintained that he wasn’t at the Belmont Courts address when police executed their warrant and added that 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.

Prior to sentencing on Monday, Judge Richards ordered that Gossom be tested for drugs by probation officials. He subsequently tested positive for THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical ingredient in marijuana.

Gossom had been released from St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility 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 told Gossom. “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 remanded Gossom to the county jail without bail and is scheduling the case for trial at a future date yet to be determined.

In other court action Monday:

Edwin B. Spears, 39, 7 Chapel Court, 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, took an iPhone and an iPad and left the house to enter a detached garage where they removed a set of keys from the ignition of a vehicle.

Spears is scheduled to be sentenced at 9:15 a.m. on Nov. 12.

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

As a result of successfully completing a six months of interim probation after his guilty plea, Brown was granted credit for that time when he was sentenced to 3 years of probation.

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

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

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

Compo pleaded guilty to criminal possession of stolen property in February 2012 and was sentenced to interim probation. On Monday, Compo was given credit for successfully abiding by the terms and conditions of that sentence and has four years left to serve on his probation.

Judge Richards ordered a 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.

Aldrich was found to be in possession of a laptop, radar detector, several GPS units and other items stolen from vehicles in the village of Gouverneur.

Additionally, he pleaded guilty to violating the terms and conditions of his Aug. 2, 2010 probation sentence for one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property among other breaches of that probation sentence.

Sentencing has been scheduled for Nov. 12 at 9:15 a.m.

Cody C. Finton, 31, of 385 Scotch Settlement Road, Gouverneur, pleaded not guilty to aggravated DWI and two counts of DWI.

It is alleged that Finton was driving on Scotch Settlement Road in the town of Gouverneur 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.

Finton had been previously convicted of aggravated DWI as a misdemeanor 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 aggravated DWI and DWI. Court documents allege that on May 18 on Pollack Road in the town of Canton, Ormsbee was driving with a BAC of 0.15 percent.

She was 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, 7 Chapel Court, 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, took an iPhone and an iPad and left the house to enter a detached garage where they removed a set of keys from the ignition of a vehicle. Spears is scheduled to be sentenced at 9:15 a.m. on Nov. 12.

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