Holley woman sentenced to year in jail

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 August 2016 at 4:54 pm

ALBION – A Holley woman was sentenced to a year in Orleans County Jail on Monday for violating her probation.

Marcie Conlon faced probation violations after being charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while ability impaired by drugs, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, going to Monroe County without permission from probation, drinking alcohol, and using hydrocodone twice without a prescription.

She could have faced up to two years in state prison. Judge James Punch sentenced her to a year in local jail.

“I just want to start paying the debt for this and get on with my life,” Conlon told the judge during her sentencing.

Punch said Conlon didn’t just make one bad choice.

“You did bad things over and over again on purpose,” Punch said.

In another case in County Court:

• One of the men accused of smuggling a kilogram of cocaine into Orleans County appeared in court.

Luis Alberto Sanchez-Garza, 31, from Mexico and Daniel Guzman, 29, of Texas were arrested on June 17 after police seized 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of cocaine that was hidden in the engine compartment of a vehicle that was stopped on East Avenue in Albion. They are in jail on $500,000 bail.

District Attorney Joe Cardone told Judge Punch that local law enforcement received a tip from an informant, resulting in police stopping the vehicle for a search.

Sanchez-Garza appeared in court on Monday. Cardone said Sanchez-Garza and Guzman are part of the Mexican Cartel that was trying to set up a drug business locally, while Sanchez-Garza’s attorney says the two men were just passing through the area.

Punch said if the two were acting to further the business of the Mexican Cartel, more people are likely involved in the crime and could be charged.

Guzman and Sanchez-Garza were arrested in the biggest cocaine seizure in Orleans County history. They both face Class A-1 felony charges for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree. The drug seized has a street value of about $150,000.