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

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Former Saratoga County Deputy Sheriff Sentenced To Five Years On 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, was sentenced today by Chief United States District Court Judge Gary L. Sharpe to five years in prison for 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.

As Fuller admitted during his August 20, 2014 guilty plea, 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 (“FBI”) 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.

This prosecution resulted from an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel Hanlon.

Updated January 29, 2015