Additional charges for former cop in alleged drug ring

Posted at 8:12 AM, Dec 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-16 08:12:51-05

A former Niagara Falls police officer and two others are now facing additional charges related to an alleged cocaine conspiracy.

Investigators say 28-year-old Stephanie Costanzo and her boyfriend, 32-year-old Raymond Hopson were using their home to manufacture, use and distribute cocaine and marijuana. At the time, Costanzo was working as a Niagara Falls police officer, but she has since resigned. A third person, 31-year-old Lindsay Carrier is facing the same charges for his suspected role in the operation.

Police arrested Costanzo, Hopson and Carrier in November and charged them with conspiracy and possession. 

Prosecutors say further investigation revealed a detailed operation and intent to sell the drugs on the streets of Niagara Falls.

According to investigators, a police found marijuana and cocaine, a marijuana grinder, a digital black scale, plastic bags, a container of a substance used as a cutting agent for cocaine, and cash in the home where Costanzo and Hopson lived.

Another search of Carrier's mother's home uncovered a large amount of cocaine, hydrocodone pills, and marijuana, according to police.

Acting U.S. Attorney James Kennedy says this case should serve as an example for other police officers who don't uphold their oath of office.

"This case shows how those that do will take action to remove those that don't," Kennedy said.

If found guilty, the three face a mandatory minimum of five years in prison, with a maximum of 40 years in prison.