A Newburgh man pleaded guilty Tuesday to criminal sale of fentanyl in exchange for a nine years sentence in state prison when he is sentenced in July, according to Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler.
Damion Jackson, a/k/a “Toto”, 36, had been charged by an Orange County grand jury with 13 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance, 14 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance as the result of an investigation by the Orange County Drug Task Force, said the DA's Office.
Jackson has also been charged by the New York State Organized Crime Task Force as part of their “Operation Yellow Brick Road” enforcement action, which targeted Newburgh’s “600 Gang” and which resulted in a 172-count indictment charging 16 members of a large, violent narcotics trafficking ring operating in the Hudson Valley, selling heroin and cocaine in Newburgh and elsewhere in Orange County.
Under a plea agreement in the state case, Jackson will be sentenced to state prison time consecutive to the nine years he is receiving on the case being prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Office. The agreement provides that Jackson may be sentenced to three to nine years consecutive to the sentence he will serve on the case prosecuted by the Orange County District Attorney.
The narcotics charges brought by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Neal Eriksen. District Attorney Hoovler thanked the Orange County Drug Task Force and City of Newburgh Police Department for their investigation and the arrest of Jackson.
“I commend the Orange County Drug Task Force for all their efforts in this case,” said Hoovler. “My office will work with all of law enforcement partners to bring large-scale narcotics dealers to justice. Those who peddle these lethal substances, particularly fentanyl, for profit, in the quantities that this defendant was selling, deserve severe prison sentences. Far too many lives have been lost to opioids to allow large-scale narcotics dealers to continue to operate in Orange County.”
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