A 37-year-old man who was busted as part of a massive drug bust dubbed "Aces High," pleaded guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance for having a half-ounce of cocaine and heroin, according to Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler.
Newburgh resident Joe Bailey, a/k/a “Capital,” pleaded guilty Thursday before Orange County Court Judge Robert H. Freehill and admitted to having sold the drugs in the area of South Lander Street and Spring Street, in Newburgh, the DA's Office said.
Bailey was arrested by the Orange County Drug Task Force after an Orange County grand jury had charged him with the felony criminal sale of a controlled substance. At the time Bailey pleaded guilty, the District Attorney’s Office stated that it would recommend that he be sentenced to 10 years in state prison and five years post-release supervision when he is sentenced on April 26
The court indicated it would sentence him to no more than seven years in state prison and five years post-release supervision, the DA's Office said.
“Anyone who sells narcotics in these amounts and for this amount of money deserves a severe state prison sentence,” said Hoovler. “My office will work with all of law enforcement partners to combat the sale of illicit narcotics on our streets. While we remain committed to encouraging treatment for many offenders who are addicted to narcotics, the only effective way to combat the opioid epidemic is to seek severe penalties for higher level narcotics dealers.”
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