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Watertown man faces prison term for cocaine sale attempt

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A New York City man faces three years in state prison after admitting Thursday in Jefferson County Court that he tried to sell cocaine in Watertown.

Algernon A. Lovell, 32, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was charged in a grand jury indictment handed up in June with possessing more than 8 ounces of cocaine with the intent to sell it April 11.

His arrest came after the Metro-Jefferson Drug Task Force, the state police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and city police executed a search warrant at 802 Franklin St., Apt. 3, and allegedly found more than 2 ounces of crack cocaine with a street value estimated at $6,000.

In addition to the prison term, he is expected to be ordered to undergo two additional years of supervision upon his release at his Dec. 14 sentencing.

Mr. Lovell was sentenced in County Court in August 2009 to 2 years in prison for third-degree attempted sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance convictions, having admitted he tried to sell cocaine in Watertown.

He was released under parole supervision in November 2010, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Service website.

In court activity Friday, Michelle M. Vebber, 22, of 29596 County Route 50, Black River, pleaded guilty to petit larceny.

She admitted that she and her husband, Derek C. Gamble, stole traveler’s checks from Mr. Gamble’s mother, Sheila Vance, Ellisburg, in December.

She is expected to be sentenced Dec. 11 to three years’ probation and be ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution.

Charges of third-degree grand larceny against Mr. Gamble remain pending.

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