Drug dealer gets 188 months in prison

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A Rome man who trafficked in heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine throughout Oneida County has been sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison.

Eugene James, 34, was sentenced in Federal Court in Syracuse on Thursday to 188 months in prison after pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. James was also sentenced to eight years of post-release supervision and was ordered to forfeit $90,000.

As part of his plea, authorities said James admitted to distributing heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine throughout Oneida County between 2016 and 2017. James said he had other people working under him who made multiple trips to suppliers in New York City and Long Island, and that sometimes the suppliers would come to him in Utica.

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