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Drug Trafficker Tagged by GPS Device Pleads Guilty to Heroin Possession


03/21/2014

Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III announced that 31 year-old Tammy Capozzi of 93 Coit Street, Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty, as charged, to two counts Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree before County Court Judge Michael L. D’Amico.

Capozzi was a suspect in a drug trafficking investigation conducted by the Erie County Sheriff’s Department.  Her conviction stems from the October 14, 2013 arrest in which Erie County Sheriff’s Detectives stopped her car in the Town of Wales and recovered approximately 50 grams of heroin in her book bag.  During the investigation, the detectives learned that Capozzi would be travelling to New York City to buy heroin over Columbus Day weekend.   They obtained a warrant which allowed them to secretly place a Global Positioning System on Ms. Capozzi’s automobile. The tracking device alerted detectives that Capozzi’s automobile was travelling back into Erie County from the Rochester Bus Station and the detectives were able to pull the car over.  After her arrest, Ms. Capozzi confessed that she utilized a bus, a train, and an automobile during her travels in order to avoid detection by law enforcement. 

Capozzi faces a maximum prison term of 9 years when she is sentenced before the Honorable Michael L. D’Amico on June 4, 2014, at 9:30a.m.  The case was successfully prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney John P. Gerken, Jr.