‘Significant dealer’ convicted of multiple drug felonies

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OSWEGO — An Oswego County man accused of possessing more than a million dollars worth of drugs was convicted Wednesday on multiple felony charges, officials announced.

A jury found Jeremy Acosta, 43, of Oswego, guilty of one count each of first and –second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and four counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to the Oswego County District Attorney’s office.

Sentencing is scheduled on July 2, according to officials. Acosta, who has a prior felony conviction for second-degree robbery, faces a minimum of eight years in state prison and a maximum of 20.

“This conviction is the result of outstanding police work and great collaboration between agencies. A significant dealer was removed from the streets today, and we couldn’t have done it without partnership,” said Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes in a press release Thursday.

According to reporting from The Palladium-Times in May 2018, a raid by the Oswego County Drug Task Force busted Acosta with what police described as large amounts of Fentanyl, heroin and cocaine. At the time, police estimated the street value of Acosta’s stash at $1.2 million.

Police said Acosta intended to sell those substances in the city of Oswego.

Acosta’s arrest and the seizure of the drugs were a collaborative effort between the Oswego County Drug Task Force, the Oswego City Police Department, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Acosta’s trial began on May 29, officials said, with Judge Walter W. Hafner, Jr., presiding. Chief Assistant District Attorney Mark Moody and Assistant District Attorney Leah Folgherait prosecuted the case. Jean Brown, Esq., of Oswego was Acosta’s defense attorney.

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