Berlin man sentenced in drug case

LANCASTER — A Berlin man pleaded guilty to four drug charges in Coos County Superior Court last month.

Ryan Albert, 24, of 653 Second Ave., pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a controlled drug with intent to sell and two counts of possession of a controlled drug.

In a complicated sentencing package, Albert could serve as few as 40 days in the House of Correction.

On one count of possession with intent to sell, he was given a sentence of 12 months in the House of Correction with three months suspended upon good behavior. The court recommended he be released on electronic monitoring after 40 days. He was ordered to pay $1,240 in fines and penalties and to participate meaningfully and complete any counseling, treatment and educational programs as directed.

On the second count of possession with intent to sell, he was given a suspended sentence of two and a half to five years, which may be imposed up to 10 years. He was ordered to pay a fine and penalty assessment of $1,240, which was suspended for five years.

On one of the possession charges, he was given a suspended sentence of two and a half to five years, which may be imposed up to 10 years and ordered to pay $1,240 in fines and penalties.

On the second possession charge, he was given a suspended sentence of one to three years, which may be imposed up to five years from sentencing and assessed $1,240 in fines and penalty assessments, which was suspended for five years.
All of the suspended sentences are consecutive.

Jesse S. Mason, 26, of 26 Quimby Rd., Bow, pleaded guilty to witness tampering and was sentencing to the House of Correction for 12 months. Six months of the sentence may be suspended for three years if he completes a 28-day residential treatment program. Mason admitted to offering a clerk at the Big Apple store in Berlin money to erase surveillance recordings because he believed a police investigation was pending.