Three locals receive jail time for selling drugs

MALONE – Three of the local residents arrested during one of the biggest drug sweeps in Franklin County history were sentenced this week to jail time, probation and fines.

Scott Baker, 29, of Tupper Lake, was indicted by a Franklin County grand jury on three counts each of criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He sold heroin and Fentanyl and was one of three dozen people arrested during the Aug. 28 sweep. Baker pleaded guilty to all the charges on Sept. 10.

Judge Robert Main Jr. sentenced Baker Monday to six months in the Franklin County Jail on one of the criminal sale counts. Baker received five years of probation on the remaining five counts, which will run concurrently. Baker was also ordered to pay a $3,000 fine, $600 in restitution and had his driver’s license suspended for six months.

Saranac Lake residents Kyle Simpson, 29, and Beth Woodruff, 41, were been accused in August of selling Suboxone, and each was indicted on charges of fourth-degree criminal sale and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. On Sept. 10 Simpson pleaded guilty to the criminal sale count as a second felony offender, and Woodruff pleaded guilty to both charges.

Each was sentenced Monday to six months in the county jail, five years of probation, a $750 fine and $40 restitution.

Simpson also had his driver’s license suspended for six months.