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Gaudette sentenced in meth arrest

Jaime H. Gaudette

Jaime H. Gaudette

PLATTSBURGH – They cooked meth on what appeared to be a quiet side street in the City of Plattsburgh.

All three were arrested. All three pleaded guilty to related charges.

Recently, one of them was sentenced to state prison.

Jaime H. Gaudette, 36, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison with two years post-release supervision. The Plattsburgh man was further ordered to pay $375 in mandatory surcharges and provide a DNA sample.

“Four-and-a-half years in state prison will be the standard for first-time offenders caught producing methamphetamine in Clinton County,” said Assistant Clinton County District Attorney Douglas Collyer.

There have been a rash of arrests in Clinton County related to methamphetamine this year, including the Town of Plattsburgh, Mooers, Keeseville, West Chazy and Altona.

“Production of methamphetamine will not be tolerated by law enforcement in this county,” Collyer said.

Law enforcement arrested Gaudette; Kristopher Peryea, 36; and Aaron Prim, 35; on July 17 at 10 Eleanor Way in the City of Plattsburgh. The arrests came after an investigation by the Adirondack Drug Task Force and the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office.

The three men faced charges of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and second-degree conspiracy.

“Those who choose to produce meth here must be prepared to face the consequences when they are caught,” Collyer said.

Gaudette pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance on Sept. 14 in front of Clinton County Court Judge Patrick McGill.

On Oct. 22, Peryea pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The Saranac has been recommended for a sentence of four-and-a-half years in state prison with two years post-release supervision.

Perya will be sentenced on Jan. 3, 2013. He remains in Clinton County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Prim pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance on Nov. 5 and has also been recommended to serve four-and-a-half years in state prison. He is remanded to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

The Redford man is scheduled to be sentenced on March 6, 2013.

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