Utica woman indicted on federal drug charges

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A Utica woman was arraigned in federal court Wednesday on an indictment charging her with federal fentanyl and methamphetamine charges.

According to Acting U.S. Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon, Ray Donovan, special agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Field Division, and New York State Police Superintendent Keith Corlett, the indictment charges Cortny Biagini, 28, in two counts.

Count one said she possessed with the intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl, which carries a maximum potential sentence of 40 years imprisonment, a mandatory minimum term of five years imprisonment, a maximum life-time term of supervised release, a mandatory minimum term of four years supervised release and a maximum fine of $5 million.

Count two said Biagini possessed with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, which carries a maximum potential sentence of life imprisonment, a mandatory minimum term of 10 years imprisonment, a maximum life-time term of supervised release, a mandatory minimum term of five years supervised release and a maximum fine of $10 million.

A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.

The charges in the indictment are accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Biagini was arraigned in Binghamton before U.S. Magistrate Judge Miroslav Lovric, and detained pending a trial scheduled before Chief United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby. 

This case is being investigated the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the state police, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew D. Beaty.

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