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Orange County Man Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Charge

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – James Taylor, age 33, of Orange County, New York, pled guilty yesterday to possessing and intending to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine. The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Keith Kruskall, Acting Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Division.

As part of his guilty plea, Taylor admitted that on March 2, 2020, he and his co-defendant possessed with the intent to distribute approximately two kilograms of cocaine.

Taylor faces at least 5 years and up to 40 years in prison, a fine of up to $5 million, and a term of supervised release of at least 4 years and up to life, when Chief United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby sentences him on April 28, 2022.  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 is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ashlyn Miranda.

Updated December 10, 2021

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