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Canastotans stung: Implicated in CNY cocaine ring

According to police, Campbell and Denis obtained cocaine from the Lockharts. Campbell allegedly traveled to the Bronx for the purpose of making drug transactions, and Denis allegedly bought cocaine from others for the purposes of reselling it.

Madison County Sheriff Ronald I. Cary and Undersheriff Doug Bailey said they both applaud the efforts of the task force that has resulted in these arrests.

"As we in law enforcement know, criminal activity including illegal drug trafficking has no boundaries," Cary said. "Madison County is not exempt from the drug-trafficking world. Madison County Law Enforcement agencies are well aware that being located between the cities of Utica and Syracuse invites drug related activity to our County, the City of Oneida and surrounding villages."

Cary said small-town drug dealers often travel or have "runners" go to the major cities to pick up their supply for local distribution.

"New York City and other major metropolitan areas are often the source of illegal drugs into the Madison County area," Cary said. "Sharing of information between law enforcement agencies is the major key factor in the success of drug-related investigations."

Members of the public willing to share drug information or tips with law enforcement usually expect the police to resolve the issue overnight, Cary said.

"Rarely are cases involving drug tips resolved immediately," Cary said. "Usually drug investigations are lengthy, and often the results could end up tracking the drugs and dealers to locations outside of Madison County, similar to the arrests outlined in the attorney general's news release."

In the past, the sheriff's office has shared information with state and federal authorities, and the information was helpful in arrests being made in other states, Cary said.

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