Plattsburgh man sentenced to 7 years for 2016 Saranac Lake drug bust

A Plattsburgh man has been sentenced to seven years in state prison after he was found guilty to two counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony.

With the sentence, Marvin C. Bombard, 51, of Plattsburgh is a second felony offender as he was convicted of possessing with the intent to sell approximately 11 grams of cocaine and 44 grams of heroin. He and several co-defendants were found with the drugs while in an apartment in Saranac Lake in April 2016.

One of those co-defendants, Terrick C. Griffin, 21, of New York City was sentenced to five years probation with the first 180 days in the Franklin County Jail.

The convictions follow a July jury trial of Bombard and Griffin, who were each found guilty of two countys of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Following the convictions, Franklin County District Attorney Craig P. Carriero praised the work of the Saranac Lake Village Police Department for investigating and spearheading the operation and thanked the United States Border Patrol and New York State Police for its contributions. Chief Franklin County District Attorney David J. Hayes also helped prosecuting the case, which included five different defendants.

“While we will never completely eradicate heroin and cocaine from our communities, we must aggressively prosecute drug dealers and those who bring drugs into our village and towns,” Carriero said. “We need to send a message to drug dealers coming up here from other parts of the state than the North Country is not a location to set up business. We have strong local, state and federal law enforcement agencies that are heavily focused on cutting off the supply of drugs into our communities.”

Bombard and Griffin were among five people — three from Plattsburgh and two from New York City — arrested last April when village police raided a Shepard Avenue apartment. Police said the group had just arrived in the village and planned to sell heroin and cocaine here. Inside the apartment, police found 95 grams of heroin and 14 grams of cocaine, in both powder and crack form.

After the convictions, Griffin initially faced up to nine years in state prison while Bombard faced a maximum of 15 years due to a prior violent felony conviction. Bombard was released from prison in December 2013 after serving more than 20 years for rape and sodomy.

The prosecution called eight witnesses during the trial while Griffin was the only defense witness. Stephen Buzzell of Saranac Lake was Griffin’s defense lawyer. Bradford Riendeau represented Bombard.