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May 11, 2013

SUNY Delhi students charged in drug bust

Three SUNY Delhi students were arrested Friday on sealed indictment warrants at the conclusion of a three-month investigation conducted by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the county probation department and SUNY Delhi University Police.

The information was provided in a media release by Delaware deputies.

Jerome X. Swaggard, 21, Brooklyn was charged with third-degree criminal sale of marijuana, a class E felony, and fourth-degree criminal sale of marijuana, a class A misdemeanor.

Matthew Balzano, 21, Chester, was charged with fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class D felony.

Robert H. Plaut, 20, Farmingdale, was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony, and fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class D felony.

Plaut and Balzano are of accused of selling a hallucinogenic substance known as “Molly,” deputies said.

Swaggard, Balzano and Plaut were arraigned before Delaware County Court Judge Carl F. Becker, and ordered held without bail pending a future court appearances.

In the release, deputies also praised the prison sentence and fine imposed Thursday by the Delaware County Court on a convicted Walton drug trafficker.

Benjamin C. Ildefonso, 32, Walton, was sentenced by Judge John F. Lambert to serve three consecutive, four-year prison sentences after being convicted, after trial, on three class C felony charges of fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

He was also ordered to pay a $3,000 fine as well as restitution to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, a court surcharge, DNA fee and crime victim assistance fee.

He was arrested June 2012 in the village of Walton in June, 2012 following an investigation conducted by members of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office and Walton police.

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