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Ogdensburg woman sentenced for cocaine conspiracy role


An Ogdensburg woman was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court, Syracuse, to two years in federal prison for her role in a drug trafficking operation that moved cocaine between Watertown and Ogdensburg.

Tammy A. Vinch, 36, address not available, was also ordered to undergo an additional four years of supervision upon her release for an Oct. 7 guilty plea to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine.

According to court documents, she admitted that from April 2008 to January 2010 she worked as a driver for a drug-trafficking operation and was paid to drive co-conspirators carrying large quantities of crack cocaine from Watertown to her home in Ogdensburg. After driving the co-conspirators to her home, she allowed them to sell street-level quantities of cocaine from her residence in exchange for payment in cash or cocaine.

She also located and brought customers to her residence to buy cocaine from the co-conspirators.

In all, 11 people were charged with trafficking powder cocaine from the New York City area to Syracuse and then to Watertown, where the drug was cooked into crack cocaine at various locations, according to court documents. Proceeds from the sales of the drug in Watertown and Ogdensburg then were used to buy more cocaine in New York City, it was alleged.

Tyrone K. Felder, 30, Watertown, was sentenced Feb. 16 to more than 20 years in prison for his role, and Jermaine V. Branford, also of Watertown, faces up to life in prison and an $8 million fine at sentencing March 29, for their roles in the conspiracy. Also, Enal C. LaRose, Brooklyn, was sentenced in October to 12 years in prison, while Travis J. Battice, also of Brooklyn, was sentenced in December to 8 years’ imprisonment.

A second Ogdensburg woman, Heather L. Lafave, was sentenced in February to 10 years in prison, while Mizair Licona, New York City, was sentenced in December to 8 years, Arron Gunn, Brooklyn, was sentenced in November to five years, Semeathea Leake-Roberts, formerly of Watertown, was sentenced in February to four years, Timothy McIntyre, Syracuse, was sentenced in January to three years, and Evarda E. Baron, New York City, was sentenced in September to six months .

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