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Hogansburg man gets prison in oxycodone ring

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HOGANSBURG — Federal authorities are taking pieces out of an oxycodone trafficking operation that brought the controlled substance through the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation for distribution on both sides of the border.

Todd Edwards, 23, of Hogansburg, pleaded guilty in late October to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. He was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to 57 months in prison, with the court recommending that he be housed in Fort Dix, N.J., followed by three years of supervised release.

Court documents state that sometime in or before May 2011 until July 2012, Mr. Edwards was “associated with a drug trafficking organization distributing large quantities of oxycodone to drug users in and around the Saint Regis Mohawk Reservation.” He obtained large amounts of 40 milligram and 80 milligram oxycodone tablets from suppliers on the reservation and in Canada, then redistributed the drugs in those areas and Northern New York, the documents say.

Until September 2011, Mr. Edwards sold “at least 100 tablets per week” and later he sold “smaller quantities” from his residence and other locations, according to court documents.

Court documents suggest that his case relates to at least four other ongoing federal prosecutions involving the drug trafficking ring. The names of Teri Jo Lazore, Travis Adams, James Labarr and Evan Adams came up repeatedly in the docket report of his case.

The indictment against Mr. Edwards is unavailable. The case against him was filed in July 2012, but only documents dated after June 2013 are open to the public. It was at that time that the case against him became “unsealed.”

Ms. Lazore, also known as “Tare Tare” or “TT,” pleaded guilty to the charge in a plea agreement in May 2013. Her sentencing has been rescheduled multiple times and is currently set for late March.

From January 2011 to April 2012, Ms. Lazore was unknowingly in contact with a Department of Homeland Security undercover agent. She met with this agent at the Twin Leaf gas station in Hogansburg on three separate occasions to sell a net $7,000 worth of oxycodone, involving at least 480 grams, according to court documents.

The maximum amount of time she can serve is 188 months, according to her plea agreement. Mr. Edwards’s plea agreement included a maximum of 121 months, and he was sentenced to a little less than half that time.

He also was sentenced recently in Franklin County Court, Malone, to 3 years in prison with 5 years of post-release supervision, to run consecutively to his federal prison sentence, as a result of his guilty plea to a first-degree attempted burglary charge.

He was indicted by a Franklin County grand jury Nov. 23, 2010, on charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal use of a firearm, fourth-degree criminal mischief, first-degree attempted assault, second-degree menacing and fourth-degree conspiracy after committing an offense June 25, 2009.

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