Saratoga County

Three admit drug guilt after city raid in 2010 netted pot, guns, cash

Three people arrested in a Mechanicville raid last year where an estimated 100 pounds of marijuana w

Three people arrested in a Mechanicville raid last year where an estimated 100 pounds of marijuana were seized have pleaded guilty to related charges, federal court records show.

The men were arrested Oct. 25 at the home of one of the three, Lewis A. Martin. The other two arrested were George L. Alonzo and Daniel J. Izzo Jr.

Each pleaded guilty last week in U.S. District Court in Albany.

Izzo faces the longest possible sentence, up to 10 years on each of two counts. Izzo pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Martin and Alonzo each face up to five years in federal prison, each pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy with intent to distribute marijuana.

None of the counts carry mandatory minimum sentences.

Izzo was identified in papers as the courier, bringing the marijuana to the residence on Smith Road by driving into the garage. Martin and Alonzo were there to unload it.

Alonzo requested Martin pick him up and bring him to Martin’s residence that day, according to the plea agreements. Alonzo told Martin that his “buddy,” identified later as Izzo, was on his way to Martin’s residence with the “product.”

Izzo arrived and they unloaded the marijuana into a garage closet, where it was soon recovered by raiding investigators.

Martin, according to the plea agreements, was supposed to receive a “couple hundred dollars” for storing the marijuana at the residence.

Later, at Izzo’s residence on Route 75 in Stillwater, investigators uncovered a 12-gauge shotgun, a Mossberg 20-gauge shotgun, a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, a 7.62mm rifle with scope, and more than 200 rounds of various ammunition.

Izzo was barred from possessing guns after a 2002 conviction in Saratoga County for first-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a felony.

Martin is to forfeit more than $2,800 in cash seized, and any interest in a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. Alonzo is to forfeit more than $3,300 in cash, along with 13 different guns, according to his plea agreement. Izzo is to forfeit each of the weapons seized.

Izzo and Martin are to be sentenced Sept. 19.

Alonzo is to be sentenced Sept. 20.

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