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January 22, 2013

Officials say drug sentence is warning to dealers


Devlin said because of the size of the drug trafficking operation, Major’s sentence was appropriate.

“Dante Major and his organization’s trafficking activities clearly supplied drug users in numerous counties and a wide variety of locations,’’ Devlin said in the release. “They are directly responsible for destroying many lives and families. … We must continue to tirelessly investigate and prosecute those that distribute illicit drugs in our county.’’

The release summarized the case as follows: The Otsego County Sheriff’s Office, Oneonta Police Department, the state Division of Parole, state Department of Health Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office and the DEA Albany District Office initiated an investigation a year or more ago into the rampant use and abuse of opiates in the Otsego County area.

Otsego sheriff’s investigators and DEA special agents made purchases of heroin and oxycodone powder from retail level dealers working for Major, who was arrested March 20.

On Monday night, Muehl said, “It was an excellent effort by all the law enforcement involved.’’

Devlin also praised the efforts.

“I am extremely proud of this investigation and the partnerships formed by the agencies involved,’’ Devlin said in a statement. “I commend everyone involved for their persistence in investigating this matter and their dedication to justice.’’




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