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One year in prison for Saranac Lake drug dealer

A local man arrested in an October drug bust last year will spend a year in prison for his crimes.

State and village police busted eight Tri-Lakes area residents last fall.

Among them was 58-year-old Michael E. Simmons of Saranac Lake, who was charged with two counts each of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance - both class-D felonies.

In February, Simmons pleaded guilty to the sole count of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Appearing in Franklin County Court this week before Judge Robert G. Main Jr., he was sentenced to one year in Franklin County Jail and ordered to pay fines totaling $2,500.

Prosecutors from the Franklin County District Attorney's Office revealed that Simmons was involved in an operation involving dealers from New York City who sold drugs like cocaine, morphine, and hydrocodone out of area hotel rooms.

Those dealers told police that the Tri-Lakes are an "untapped market."

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