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Feds: Worker admits selling methamphetamine at Saratoga Race Course dorm


SARATOGA SPRINGS – A man who lived and worked at the Saratoga Race Course last summer has admitted to possessing and intending to sell methamphetamine he stored at various locations on the race course property, records show.

Francisco Alarcon Badillo, 28, a citizen of Mexico, pleaded guilty in federal court in Albany on Friday to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. 

He is to be sentenced in May and won’t be able to appeal any sentence of 12 years, 7 months or less. He also faces potential deportation, records indicate.

Badillo admitted to possessing and intending to sell methamphetamine at the race course from May to August of last year and to storing the drugs at race course property, including in his dorm room, according to his plea agreement.

The plea agreement did not detail Badillo’s job at the race course.

He also admitted he sold crystal methamphetamine to several people at or near the race course.

He admitted he sold about 20 grams to an individual May 17 for $1,500. That sale took place outside his dormitory building.

The agreement also outlines three other sales of crystal methamphetamine in May, June and July, for $2,250, $1,500 and $1,340, one in a car parked outside Badillo’s dormitory, one outside the dorm building and another in his dorm room.

Badillo was arrested Aug. 20 when Saratoga Springs police stopped a car in which Badillo was the front seat passenger, according to court records.

A search of the vehicle uncovered a backpack on the floor behind the front passenger seat. Inside, investigators found three clear plastic baggies containing approximately 322 grams of crystal methamphetamine, authorities said.

Badillo later admitted as part of his plea Friday that he intended to sell the drugs found in the car later that day to a customer in the parking lot of the Saratoga Casino, according to his plea agreement.

That same day, investigators searched Badillo’s dorm room with a warrant and located a black storage tote with about 10 grams of methamphetamine Badillo intended for personal use, court records state.

Badillo remains in custody.

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