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Two Cortland Residents Accept Pleas In Drug Trafficking Takedowns

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Kelly Babbitt

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the guilty pleas of 39 individuals related to Operation Bricktown, the takedown of a drug trafficking ring by the Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force and the Syracuse Police Department in and around Onondaga County.

One of the pleas is from Kelly Babbitt of Cortland, who was sentenced on August 4 to 5 years’ probation.

Over the course of the twelve-month Operation Bricktown investigation, authorities seized:

  • Over two kilograms of cocaine
  • 1,128 envelopes of heroin and over 20 grams of loose heroin
  • 9mm Lorcin handgun, loaded and with the serial number obliterated (through ballistics testing, this gun was linked to thirteen incidents in Syracuse from 2015 to 2016)
  • .40 caliber Glock handgun, loaded with a 30-round magazine
  • 9mm Sig Sauer handgun, loaded with a 15-round magazine
  • .45 caliber Taurus handgun, loaded
  • 12-gauge shotgun
  • Drug paraphernalia, including scales, packaging and cutting agents
  • $3,657
  • ecstasy pills and psychedelic mushrooms

Last week, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced 55 guilty pleas resulting from Operation Gravy Train, which busted two major drug distribution networks that transported heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine to St. Lawrence County.

Two people from  Cortland were among those arrested. Casey Jo West will be sentenced on November 30 to probation, according to the attorney general. The case against Daniel Nye is pending.

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