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Man admits selling drugs with mother

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 January 2014 at 12:00 am

ALBION – A 26-year-old man pleaded guilty in Orleans County Court to helping his mother sell hydrocodone and acetaminophen, a narcotics combination.

Josh Nichols could face up to 2 ½ years in state prison after pleading guilty on Monday to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. The judge may decide against state prison and could sentence Nichols to up to a year in the county jail or a lesser sentence.

Judge James Punch will sentence Nichols on March 24 at 2 p.m.

Nichols told the judge he collected money for the hydrocodone combination for his mother, Theresa Nichols. Her son had the drugs on a porch in Albion at 209 North Main St. and directed the buyer to the product.

Theresa Nichols last month pleaded guilty to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree. Nichols, 51, could face up to four years in state prison for selling hydrocodone and other prescription narcotics. She will be sentenced on Feb. 24.

Another one of her sons, David Nichols, also pleaded guilty on Dec. 16 to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. Nichols, 28, admitted to trying to sell prescription narcotics that were rolled into cigarettes.

He could face 1 ½ to 4 years in state prison as a second-felony offender. He will be sentenced on Feb. 10.


In other cases in County Court:

• Kenneth Vanduzer, 25, of Rochester pleaded guilty to petty larceny. He was originally charged with third-degree grand larceny after he took his truck from Orleans Ford in Medina following $11,000 in repairs he didn’t pay for in November 2012.

The charge was reduced after Vanduzer paid restitution. He has no prior criminal history.

• Syed Baity, 19, of 221 Commercial St. in Medina was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in state prison after he violated probation in June 2013.

Baity and two other teen-agers were in a stolen vehicle when they were involved in a high-speed chase in Batavia with city police. Baity was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, second-degree obstructing governmental administration and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Judge Punch recommended shock camp for Baity’s incarceration.

• Alexander Gelo, 22, of Brockport pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. He could be sentenced to up to six months in jail and five years probation for selling cocaine in Murray on Dec. 1, 2012. He will be sentenced on March 24.

• Jorge Villanueva-Ledesma, 34, of Zig Zag Road pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. He was among 13 people arrested on various drug and immigration charges in June after an eight-month, multi-agency investigation into the sale of drugs in the Albion area.

Villanueva-Ledesma could be sentenced to up to 2 ½ years in state prison on March 24.

Publio Barcenas, 52, of Zig Zag Road also was charged in that investigation. He pleaded guilty on Monday to seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and could be sentenced to up to a year in jail.