2017-07-19 / Front Page

Former resident faces up to 12 years on drug charges

Courtney Williamson enters guilty plea in Delaware Co. Court

Delhi — A former Arkville resident faces up to 12 years in prison following a guilty plea on drug related charges in Delaware County Court on July 14.

Courtney Williamson, 25, of Brooklyn pled guilty to Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree (a class B felony ) in Delaware County Court on July 14, before acting County Court Judge Brian D. Burns.

The plea culminated a yearand a-half-long investigation spearheaded by Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team (herein after “URGENT”), together with the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, into heroin and cocaine trafficking from the New York City area to Ulster, Delaware, and surrounding counties.

The investigation revealed that Williamson, based in Brooklyn, supplied heroin and cocaine to various individuals in her employ. The “mules,” in turn, then transported the narcotics upstate for sale at her direction.

On March 30, a sealed indictment was handed up by the Delaware County Grand Jury charging three counts of Sale of Narcotics and three counts Conspiracy to Distribute Narcotics resulting in an arrest warrant for Williamson.

On April 4, the defendant was spotted in Delaware County and arrested by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics

Division. Following her arrest, as a result of the execution of a body cavity search warrant, the defendant was found to have 83 decks of heroin and 30 bags of cocaine secreted in her vagina.

In 2012, the defendant had been convicted in Delaware County Court of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree and was sentenced to 30 months in state prison. The defendant was on parole when she was arrested and is a parole violator.

Williamson faces 12 years in prison as a Second Felony Offender, and her sentencing is scheduled in Delaware County Court on August 10.

This case is being prosecuted by Ulster County Sr. Assistant District Attorney Clifford Owens.

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