2 sentenced to state prison for drug crimes

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 August 2019 at 2:45 pm

ALBION – Two people were sentenced to state prison this morning in Orleans County Court for felony drug crimes.

Dexter Turner, a former Albion and Medina resident, was sentenced to 3 ½ years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree.

Turner was living in Brockport when he was charged on March 25 on eight counts of drug sale and possession charges for allegedly selling crack cocaine in Albion and Medina.

Turner admitted in court to having cocaine on Dec. 4 and trying to sell it in Orleans County. He is a second felony offender. Turner also faces two years of post-release supervision and must pay $100 in restitution to the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force, which used the $100 for drug buy money.

Ronald Powell, 37, of Medina was sentenced to 3 years in state prison. Powell was on parole when he allegedly  sold drugs.

Powell has five prior felonies, said District Attorney Joe Cardone. During sentencing today,  Powell acknowledged he committed the crime but he said it was set up by the Task Force. Powell said “a friend of a friend” was sent by the Task Force to get drugs from Powell.

Powell said he was working full-time and supporting his family, and now he has lost his job, home and children.

“This won’t ever happen again,” Powell told Judge Sanford Church.

Th judge gave Powell the maximum in a plea agreement, and told Powell he was shifting blame to the Task Force instead of taking full responsibility.

“It is still illegal to sell or give drugs to a friend,” Judge Church said.

Powell needs to pay $60 in restitution to the Task Force for the drug buy money.

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