Man who ran "cocaine pipeline" to Cortland County sentenced to 8 years in prison

CORTLAND, N.Y. – A Brooklyn man will spend up to 8 years in state prison for his role in a drug trafficking ring that involved distributing cocaine from New York City and Buffalo to central New York and the North Country.

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Kamar Davidson was sentenced Tuesday in Cortland County Court to 8 years in state prison followed by 5 years of post-release supervision. He previously pleaded guilty to second degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony.

Davidson, Kamar

Kamar Davidson

In December 2012, the New York State Attorney General's Office announced the arrests of 39 people as part of "Operation Southbound," which involved an investigation into drug trafficking networks that transported cocaine from New York City and Buffalo to parts of central New York, including Cortland County.

The 9-month investigation included hundreds of hours of wiretaps and the execution of search warrants at several locations. Investigators discovered three intertwined drug distribution networks that impacted the city of Cortland, Syracuse and neighboring communities.

Davidson was one of 39 people indicted by a grand jury in Cortland County in connection with the drug operation, though he managed to elude arrest until he was arrested on a misdemeanor marijuana charge in New York City in August.

Davidson oversaw a "cocaine pipeline" that extended from the New York City area into Cortland County, according to state investigators.

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

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