ITHACA, N.Y. — On Friday, two of five men involved in a heroin drug bust accepted a plea deal in Tompkins County Court.
[fvplayer src=”https://vimeo.com/123147381″ loop=”fale” mobile=”https://vimeo.com/123147381″]
Tompkins Trust Company
Find Out More about Business Banking
Naquan Stevenson, 27, of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty to felony fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for heroin. Javaun Delfyette, 29, also of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty to felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
The charges stem from a Nov. 25, 2014 arrest in the town of Ithaca by local and state law enforcement. Delfyette was apprehended by police while driving on Pine Tree Road, and Stevenson was also found in the area. The apprehension revealed approximately $1500 worth of heroin and crack cocaine as well as $695 in cash, according to The Ithaca Journal.
Stevenson, who has lived in Brooklyn for six years, is currently being evaluated at Canarsie Aware in Brooklyn.
While the charge to which Stevenson pleaded guilty carries a maximum sentence of two and a half years in jail, Assistant District Attorney Eliza Filipowski recommended one year of incarceration, one year of post-release monitoring, suspension of his driver’s license, and forfeiture of the $600 cash and cell phones recovered at the scene of the arrest.
Judge Rowley mentioned that Stevenson’s sentence could include six-month “shock incarceration” (similar to boot camp), a split sentence of local incarceration and probation, or solely probation.
For Delfyette’s case, Filipowski recommended two years of incarceration, two years of post-release monitoring, and suspension of his driver’s license.
Delfyette was convicted on a misdemeanor charge in North Carolina in 2006, but the charge is comparable to a felony in New York, making him eligible for a 90-day drug program at the Willard Drug Treatment Center in Willard. Stevenson is not eligible for the program because this is his first felony conviction.
Three other men were arrested as well.
Jovon Monk, of Ithaca, who was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance, has been sent back to Ithaca Town Court and is awaiting a grand jury. Daniel Yetsko, also of Ithaca, was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, and is pending grand jury action. Lawrence Haskins, who had been living in Trumansburg, was wanted for violation of parole in California, and has been sent back there for prosecution.
Stevenson and Delfyette will appear in court on Aug. 14 for sentencing.