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Former Saratoga Race Course Worker Pleads Guilty to Methamphetamine Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK – Francisco Alarcon Badillo, age 28 and a citizen of Mexico, pled guilty on January 17 to selling crystal methamphetamine while employed at the Saratoga Race Course.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith; Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan, New York Division, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); and Saratoga Springs Police Department Chief Shane Crooks.

Badillo admitted that he sold crystal methamphetamine from May 2019 to August 2019, while residing at and working on the grounds of the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York.  Badillo admitted to hiding the drugs in various locations within the Race Course property, including his dormitory room.  He admitted to selling more than 400 grams of crystal methamphetamine.

Badillo faces at least 10 years and up to life in prison when he is sentenced on May 28, 2020 by Senior United States District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors. 

This case was investigated by the DEA and its Capital District Drug Enforcement Task Force, and the Saratoga Springs Police Department, with assistance from the New York Racing Association.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.

Updated January 21, 2020

Drug Trafficking