Meth, bath salts dealer given state prison sentence

A man caught dealing methamphetamine and bath salts back in July will spend nearly four years in state prison after a sentence that was handed down on Friday.

Christopher A. Cross, Warren, was sentenced on charges of possession with intent to deliver and criminal use of a communications facility by President Judge Maureen Skerda.

Back in July, investigators with the Warren County Drug Task Force used a flashbang grenade at Cross’ residence, 5 1/2 Dahl St., to affect his arrest.

“The Warren County Drug Task Force conducted numerous controlled buys out of the residence,” Task Force Coordinator Bill Mickle said at the time.

Cross’ attorney, Tyler Lindquist, said that Cross has “done a lot” to better himself since the arrest.

He said that Cross takes responsibility for his conduct and is motivated to continue with needed treatment.

“He simply just wants to get better,” Lindquist said.

Cross apologized for his “destructive actions” and asked for the forgiveness of the community.

“I had a problem,” he said. “I need to give back to right my wrongs.”

Skerda enumerated his prior record and Cross explained that alcohol is his gateway drug and that he “didn’t see it before.” He noted that he has already relapsed in his mind before he picks up the first drink.

Skerda said that a standard range sentence results in a state sentence in this matter.

The sentence included 24-60 months in a state correctional institution on a count of possession with intent to deliver.

He was ordered to pay $380 in restitution to the Warren County Drug Task Force, $1,675 in fines and fees, a six month license suspension, submission of a DNA sample, priority for a therapeutic treatment community and credit for 48 days time served.

Skerda said he was boot camp eligible.

He was sentenced to 15-36 months incarceration on a count of criminal use of a communications facility and six to 12 months with a one year license suspension on a count of possession of a controlled substance.