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Nine arraigned in Lewis County Court on “Spring Sweep” felonies

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LOWVILLE — Nine Lewis County residents caught up 10 days ago in “Operation Spring Sweep” swept through County Court on Friday for arraignments on felony charges that they sold drugs in the village.

The suspects — all of which were arrested April 18 stemming from a two-year, multi-agency investigation, then had their cases presented to a grand jury last week — appeared before County Judge Daniel R. King, pleaded not guilty to all charges and had their cases adjourned to May 10.

All but Andrew Meda, 33, Lowville, who had been released on $10,000 bail, were then returned to Lewis County jail.

Mr. Meda was arraigned on charges of third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance for allegedly selling heroin in December.

The rest of the arraignments were as follows:

nJody L. Wetmore, 38, Glenfield, is charged with two counts apiece of third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance. She was accused of selling morphine in October and November.

nRandy R. Grimmer Jr., 30, Lowville, is charged with fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was accused of selling hydrocodone in August 2011.

nAllan K. Harris, 38, Lowville, is charged with third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance. He was accused of selling oxycodone in July 2011.

nTimothy F. Gaba Jr., 26, Lowville, is charged with two counts apiece of fifth-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance. He was accused of selling Adderall in December 2011 and January 2012.

nDale E. Williams, 59, Lowville, is charged with third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance. He was accused of selling hydrocodone in December 2011.

nThomas C. Hanno Jr., 38, Lowville, is charged with fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was accused of selling hydrocodone in October.

nLee R. Souva, 21, Copenhagen, is charged with three counts of fourth-degree criminal sale of marijuana and two counts apiece of third-degree criminal sale and possession of marijuana. He is accused of selling the drug on multiple occasions in both November and January.

nAngel L. Estrada, 28, Lowville, is charged with fifth-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance. He was accused of selling Xanax in December.

Also in County Court on Friday, Chantel M. Bergen, 21, formerly of Lowville, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of marijuana, amended from third-degree criminal sale of marijuana. The plea also satisfied two other counts of third-degree criminal sale of marijuana, two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana and one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

Sentencing was set for July 26.

Ms. Bergen and her alleged accomplice, Luis J. Pabon Jr., 39, were extradited in late February on charges stemming from the “Operation Spring Sweep” investigation.

Mr. Pabon’s next County Court appearance date is also slated for May 10.

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