Former Niagara Falls officer, two others admit to drug charges

Posted at 5:45 PM, Feb 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-12 17:45:12-05

A former Niagara Falls police officer and two others have admitted to their roles in a drug conspiracy.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 29-year-old Stephanie Costanzo pleaded guilty to managing a drug involved premises. She could face 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

Co-defendants 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. They each face five to 40 years in prison and a fine of $5,000,000.

Investigators say Costanzo and Hopson were using their home to manufacture, use and distribute cocaine. Carrier conspired with Hopson to distribute crack cocaine.

Costanzo is scheduled to be sentenced on May 30, 2018. Hopson and Carrier are scheduled to be sentenced on May 29, 2018.

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