OSWEGO, NY – On Tuesday (August 25), Jonathan A. Baldwin, 30, of Oswego, appeared in Oswego County Court and was sentenced to 4-1/2 years in state prison, along with 3 years post-release supervision, based upon his conviction for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a Class B Felony.
At a prior court appearance in June, Baldwin pleaded guilty “as charged” to the sole count of an indictment.
As part of the plea, he admitted that he knowingly possessed heroin with the intent to sell in the town of Volney on February 10, 2015.
Baldwin was arrested on February 17, after members of the Oswego County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on him and his vehicle. The New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team provided critical support and assistance with the investigation.
As a result of the search warrant, officers recovered 148 individual envelopes of heroin and $617 in cash, which Baldwin forfeited as part of his conviction.
The District Attorney’s Office argued that the money should be forfeited as proceeds from criminal activity.
According to police reports, on the night of his arrest, Baldwin admitted that he would buy a “brick” of heroin (50 envelopes) for $450 and then sell the envelopes for $15 or $20 a piece.
Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes thanked all of police officers who worked on this investigation, commending their hard work and sacrifice.
Oakes attributed the success of the investigation to increased cooperation between law enforcement agencies, stating, “This conviction and sentence is the result of a lot of cooperation and teamwork, and it’s proof that our collaborative approach is working. We’re removing drug dealers from our community and holding them accountable.”
The Oswego County Drug Task Force is comprised of investigators from the Oswego County District Attorney’s Office, Oswego City Police Department, Fulton City Police Department, State University of New York (Oswego) Police Department, Oswego County Sheriff’s Office, and the United States Border Patrol.