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Watertown man faces 12 years in prison for cocaine possession

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A Watertown man faces 12 years in state prison after admitting Monday in Jefferson County Court that he possessed a large amount of cocaine in Adams with the intent to sell the drug.

Christopher A. Wilson, 31, pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. His plea canceled a trial that was scheduled to start Monday in the matter.

He, with others, was accused of possessing more than 8 ounces of cocaine, as well as items used to weigh and package the drug, April 1 at 6 Institute St., Apt. 7. Village police, who had gone to the residence to investigate a reported odor of marijuana and found 1.3 kilograms of cocaine, estimated the drug’s street value at $130,000.

In addition to a prison term, Mr. Wilson is expected to be ordered to undergo an additional five years of supervision upon his release at sentencing March 29. He served five years’ probation for a conviction in 2002 of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, cocaine.

Emmanual L. Sheppard, 31, Marietta, Ga., pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, five counts of criminally using drug paraphernalia and single counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree conspiracy in connection with the April 1 incident. He is expected to be sentenced Feb. 22 to eight years in prison, followed by five years of post-release supervision. Conspiracy and drug possession charges remain pending against Kristin S. Avallone-Clark, 22, Carthage.

In other court activity, Diona L. Smith, 38, Schenectady, was arraigned on a count of second-degree bail jumping. The charge was contained in a grand jury indictment unsealed in court. It is alleged that she absconded from Drug Court supervision by failing to show up for court proceedings since April.

She had been referred to Drug Court in September 2011 after pleading guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and fourth-degree grand larceny. She had been involved in the theft of funds from the Cape Vincent Correctional Facility from March 1 to May 31, 2011, through a check-forging scheme, using inmate accounts to write fake checks and then cashing them downstate.

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