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Former NF police officer gets probation for role in drug ring

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Posted at 7:51 PM, May 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-30 19:51:57-04

A former Niagara Falls police officer will spend three years on probation for her role in a drug conspiracy.

29-year-old Stephanie Costanzo was sentenced to time served and the supervised release in federal court Wednesday.

In February, Costanzo pleaded guilty to managing a drug-involved premises. Two others, Raymond Hopson and Lindsay Carrier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 28 grams or more of crack cocaine.

Investigators say Hopson used the Grand Avenue home he shared with Costanzo to manufacture, use and distribute cocaine. Although she did not participate in the distribution of the controlled substances, Costanzo was aware that Hopson stored his cocaine and paraphernalia at her residence.

Carrier conspired with Hopson to distribute crack cocaine.

Carrier was sentenced 70 months in federal prison. Hopson will be sentenced at a later date.

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