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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Former Saratoga County Deputy Sheriff Pleads Guilty To Drug Charge

Transported a Confidential Source Who Claimed to Possess Cocaine in an FBI Sting

ALBANY, NEW YORK —CHARLES E. FULLER, age 46, of Corinth, New York, pled guilty today in Albany before Chief United States District Court Judge Gary L. Sharpe to one count of attempting to aid and abet the possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Andrew W. Vale, Special Agent-in- Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Albany Division. Fuller faces at least five years of imprisonment and up to forty years of imprisonment.

During the plea hearing, Fuller admitted that in February of 2014, while he was employed as a Saratoga County Deputy Sheriff, he accepted a total of $5,000 from a confidential source supervised by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as payment for transporting the confidential source while the source was carrying what Fuller believed to be cocaine. The source actually had imitation cocaine. The defendant made two trips from Albany to Warren County: one on February 19, 2014 and one on February 27, 2014. During the first trip, the defendant drove the source with what he believed to be 250 grams of cocaine in return for $1,000, and during the second trip, the defendant transported the source with what he believed to be one kilogram of cocaine in return for $4,000.

Sentencing is scheduled for December 18, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. in Albany, New York. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel Hanlon.

Updated January 29, 2015