OSWEGO, NY – An Oswego man who was arrested by Fulton police in June 2007 has accepted a plea agreement in Oswego County Court.
Nyome ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œMikeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Sobe, 25, was arrested June 30, 2007. He was 23 years old at the time.
According to Chief Assistant District Attorney Donald Todd, Sobe was indicted on two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Sobe entered a guilty plea Oct. 1 before acting Oswego County Court Judge Spencer Ludington to one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in satisfaction of the charges. He is currently awaiting sentencing.
Ludington heard the case after Oswego County Court Judge Walter Hafner recused himself from the case.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe judge indicated that he would sentence the defendant to no more than two years in the (prison),ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Todd said. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œHe said he would also direct him, if eligible, to the Comprehensive Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment program.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Todd said that the case was based on solid police work that indicated a substantial amount of cocaine was being moved through residents in the town of Volney.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œ(Police) obtained a warrant and, as the result of information gleaned from that warrant, took (Sobe) into custody,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Todd said. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œPolice then obtained a warrant for his vehicle, where they discovered 136 individually packaged bags of cocaine.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œFulton police department did a fine job on this particular case,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Todd added.
Fulton Police Department was assisted by the Oswego County SheriffÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Department, the Oswego County Drug Task Force and the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team in the investigation.
As a result of the search warrants, more than two ounces of crack cocaine with street value in excess of $10,000 were seized. Police also seized a vehicle, a small amount of marihuana, two switch blade knifes and more than $800 in cash.
Lieutenant Jeffrey Kinney regarded SobeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“s arrest as the trigger that launched the Attorney GeneralÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s year-long investigation into a cocaine distribution network. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œOperation FultronÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â culminated this summer with the arrest of 28 individuals in Rochester, Fulton and Oswego.
In June of this year, Robin Baker, the executive deputy attorney general for criminal justice, explained that the Organized Crime Task Force (OCTF) headed that multi-agency investigation. Nearly one pound of cocaine with a street value of approximately $35,000 was seized during the investigation, Baker said.