First People Sentenced In Operation Gravy Train

First People Sentenced In Operation Gravy Train

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Kayla Fletcher Kayla Fletcher
Joshua Seidel Joshua Seidel

The first people involved in the major drug sweep known as Operation Gravy Train have been sentenced.

Four people appeared in St. Lawrence County Court Thursday to find out their punishment.

- Kayla Fletcher, age 26, Tupper Lake, pleaded guilty to felony fourth-degree conspiracy to distribute. She was sentenced to five years probation.

- Joshua Seidel, age 27, Ogdensburg, pleaded guilty to felony fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. A second time felony drug offender, he was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison followed by 2 years parole.

- Justin Whitmarsh, age 27, Edwards, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted conspiracy to distribute. A second time felony drug offender, he was sentenced to 3 years in prison followed by 3 years parole.

- Jessie Young, age 29, Heuvelton, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession narcotic drug. A second time felony drug offender, he was sentenced to 3 years in prison followed by 3 years parole.

Operation Gravy Train resulted in 169 charges against 106 people who the state said were members of a violent drug trafficking gang.

In June, police broke down doors and rounded up more than 100 people in Operation Gravy Train, aimed at stopping the flow of heroin and other drugs to St. Lawrence County.

In the course of the investigation, police recovered around 2,600 bags of heroin, about 3,005 bags of fentanyl, and more than 700 bags of cocaine.

Officials said the drugs had a total street value of nearly $95,000.

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