Suspect wanted in Cortland drug trafficking ring arrested in NYC area

CORTLAND, N.Y. – A Brooklyn man tied to a lengthy 2012 investigation into 39 suspects involved in drug trafficking in central New York was located by authorities in the New York City area over the weekend.

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On Sunday, members of the Cortland County Sheriff's Department received information from the New York City Police Department that they had a suspect in custody who was wanted in Cortland County, according to Lt. Todd Caufield with the Cortland County Sheriff's Department.

The initial arrest on Saturday was related to a misdemeanor marijuana charge, Lt. Caufield said.

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Kamar Davidson (Cortland County Sheriff's Department)

Kamar Davidson, 33, was previously linked to a 2012 narcotics investigation called "Operation Southbound" where 39 people from Cortland, Buffalo, Syracuse, Watertown and other parts of New York– along with New Jersey and Puetro Rico–were indicted by a grand jury in Cortland County for possessing large amounts of cocaine in the county and other parts of central New York.

Investigators determined that Davidson oversaw a "cocaine pipeline" that extended from the New York City area into Cortland County.

Until Davidson's arrest on Sunday, 38 of the 39 named defendants had been apprehended, according to Lt. Caufield.

Davidson is being held in Cortland County Jail awaiting arraignment on five felony charges, including:

– Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance (two counts)
– Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance,
– Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance
– Conspiracy

The case is being prosecuted by the New York State Attorney Generals Organized Crime Task Force in Syracuse.

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