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3 plead guilty to drug crimes in Orleans County

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 May 2019 at 3:16 pm

ALBION – Three people pleaded guilty to drug crimes in Orleans County today during County Court, while another man admitted to driving while intoxicated and without a license.

Dexter Turner, a former Albion and Medina resident, pleaded guilty to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree. He faces a maximum of 3 ½ years in prison and post-release supervision when he is sentenced on Aug. 1.

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 today to having cocaine on Dec. 4 and trying to sell it in Orleans County. He is a second felony offender.

He could also face a fine of up to $15,000.

He is in the Orleans County Jail on $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.

• A Rochester man admitted he was trying to sell fentanyl in Orleans County. Dante L. Thomas, 30, was charged in December with 14 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree.

He pleaded guilty today to attempted criminal sale of controlled substance in the third degree and faces a maximum of 3 years in state prison and post-release supervision when he is sentenced on Aug. 1.

This is Thomas’s first criminal conviction. The judge agreed to reduce his bail by half to$25,000 cash and $50,000 bond.

Dakota Hunt, 24, of Medina pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. She admitted she had cocaine on Oct. 31 with the intent to sell it.

This is her first conviction. As part of a plea deal today, her sentence will be capped at six months in jail and probation for up to five years. She will be sentenced on Aug. 1. She remains free after posting $5,000 bail.

• In another case, a Kendall man pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Gilberto Gonzales, 49, was stopped in Albion on April 14. He declined to have his attorney, Public Defender Joanne Best, argue motions and look at body cam evidence from the arresting officer.

“Your honor obviously I was guilty because I was intoxicated and I was driving without a license,” Gonzales told Judge Sanford Church today.

As part of the plea, he faces a maximum of 1 to 2 years in state prison. That is a break from what could have been a 4-year maximum. Gonzalez was convicted of driving under the influence in Oklahoma on Dec. 11, 2018, District Attorney Joe Cardone said.

Gonzalez will be sentenced on Aug. 1. He is in the county jail on $5,000 bail.

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