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Canastotans stung: Implicated in CNY cocaine ring

Two Canastota residents were snagged in a multi-agency effort to stem the tide of drugs from New York City to the Central New York area. "Operation Blackjack" netted law enforcement agencies $26,000 in cash, one pound of marijuana, 12 pounds of cocaine valued at $500,000, four guns, two cars, drug paraphernalia and ammunition from several seizures in Madison, Oneida, Onondaga and Oswego counties.

Canastotans Katy "Kate" Campbell, 20, of Pleasant Street, and Faniel Denis, 28, of State Street, were among more than a dozen people indicted on drug-related charges, the culmination of an eight-month investigation that began with the arrest of a Rome man traveling on Route 81 through the town of Tully in southern Onondaga County.

One of the key players in the alleged distribution network, Antwan Lockhart of North Jay Street, Rome, was arrested Dec. 23, 2007, when his car was stopped on Route 81 in Tully as he was transporting cocaine from the Bronx. At the scene, four-and-a-half pounds of cocaine were seized. Police say an additional two pounds were taken from Lockhart's stash house on Midler Avenue in Syracuse, and .67 ounces of cocaine were found in another vehicle registered in Lockhart's name.

Lockhart pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, for which he received a nine-year prison sentence, three-year post-release supervision and forfeited two cars.

Police say the other key leader in the drug distribution network is Edward N. Lockhart, 30, of Caughdenoy Road, Hastings (last known address). According to police, five ounces of cocaine and a shotgun were seized from Edward Lockhart. He was charged with 20 counts of criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance, including six counts of second-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a Class A-II felony, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and lifetime probation for each sales count.

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