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Adams Center man faces unsealed indictment alleging heroin sales

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WATERTOWN — An Adams Center man was named in a grand jury indictment unsealed Friday in Jefferson County Court alleging he had and sold heroin on two occasions in May.

Melza R.C. White, 26, address not available, is charged with two counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. It is alleged that he sold heroin within the county on a day in early May and again six days later.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges at arraignment and was sent to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building on $20,000 bail.

In other court activity Friday, Sandy E. Oney, 27, whose last known address was 167 Ten Eyck St., pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted that he possessed heroin with the intent to sell the drug May 17 in the town of Watertown. Sheriff’s deputies said that he was a passenger in a vehicle halted on Route 11 in which heroin and an alleged mobile methamphetamine lab were discovered. Mr. Oney is due to be sentenced Aug. 27 to six months in the PSB and five years’ probation.

In court Thursday, Lyndsey M. Podkowka, 27, whose last known address was 37828 Bald Rock Road, Clayton, was referred to Drug Court after pleading guilty May 9 to second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. She admitted that in late January she cashed checks belonging to Jeffery Recor at a LaFargeville store without Mr. Recor’s permission.

If she is successful in Drug Court, a substance abuse rehabilitation program designed to serve as an alternative to incarceration, she will sentenced to five years’ probation and be ordered to pay $890 in restitution.

If she is unsuccessful, she faces a state prison term of 1½ to 4½ years, with restitution also due.

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