2009-10-23 / Top Stories

Plattsburgh Drug Bust Yields Guilty Plea

By Nicholas Briano

Fritz Boutin, 19, of Far Rockaway. Fritz Boutin, 19, of Far Rockaway. A Far Rockaway resident is heading to jail after pleading guilty to possessing and intending to sell cocaine after being arrested as part of an upstate, New York drug task force investigation that led to 14 arrests last month, according to published reports.

The investigation, led by the Adirondack Drug Task Force, yielded arrests of individuals mostly from the Plattsburgh, New York area, but others from as far as South Carolina and Brooklyn.

Many of the suspects charged allegedly sold drugs to undercover officers in the Task Force earlier this year. Among those suspects is Fritz Boutin, 19, of Far Rockaway, who has now pled guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Boutin could face up to nine years in prison followed by post-release supervision. He remains in custody and will be sentenced on January 6.

According to published reports, Boutin admitted that he possessed and wanted to sell more than one-half ounce of cocaine in the City of Plattsburgh in early August.

The special task force that made the arrests is made up of State Police, Plattsburgh City Police, Clinton County Sheriff's Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Border Patrol and the District Attorney's Office.

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