A Rochester man arrested leaving the Camp Bisco music festival in 2012 with multiple drugs was sentenced Monday to five years in state prison.
Joshua Dangler, 25, had previously pleaded guilty in Schenectady County Court to felony drug counts, his attorney told the court Dangler has been in the grips of a drug addiction.
He and another person were arrested July 15, 2012, as they left the music festival.
State police stopped their car and inside found 6 ounces of cocaine, hallucinogenic mushrooms, marijuana and MDMA, more commonly known as ecstasy.
Police also found Dangler to be acting erratically and appearing to be under the influence of an unknown substance. He was found to be high on bath salts and, due to his behavior, was taken to Ellis Hospital for treatment.
In court Monday, Dangler’s attorney Cheryl Coleman told the court her client is not a bad guy, but for his addiction.
She said he “has so much going for him,” including a supportive family, two members of which apparently were in court for the sentencing.
“Unfortunately, his drug addiction got ahold of him,” Coleman said, “and he’s been unable to break the chains of that addiction.”
Coleman asked the court to recommend Dangler for drug treatment programs in prison.
Judge Frank P. Milano recommended such programs. He also noted letters written on Dangler’s behalf, before he sentenced Dangler to the agreed-upon five years in state prison.
The other person in the car with Dangler, driver Tisha A. Brice, now 20, also of Rochester, is currently serving a four-year sentence after pleading guilty to related counts, state records show.