A city man will spend the next two decades behind bars after he admitted to trafficking cocaine from New York City between August 2009 and March 2010.
U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence E. Kahn sentenced Jamie Lee Toomer, 27, to 20 years in federal prison today. The sentence was handed down after Toomer pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine.
Toomer was arrested during a massive drug raid that cracked up what authorities described as a large Schenectady-based drug operation that once sent more than $42,000 in cash down the Thruway as part of a drug run. Toomer was indicted with 15 others on the conspiracy charge, which stated his role in the operation was to obtain the drugs from New York City and deliver them to Schenectady.
On March 28, 2010,Toomer was in a Schenectady apartment where police discovered roughly 750 grams of crack cocaine and 220 grams of cocaine. The investigation also led to the seizure of 18 long guns and four handguns from a Bradley Street address. At the time, U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian called the 16-defendant indictment the "opening salvo in our joint campaign against violent crime in the city of Schenectady."
"This is an example of our commitment to work together to attack the cocaine pipeline that would bring drugs from New York City to the Capital Region," Hartunian said during a news conference in May.
Victor Toomer, Jeffrey McGough Sr., Trinelle Frye, Koshon Taylor and Alexis Bass, all of Schenectady, as well as Jamar Green of Ft. Lee, N.J., previously pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge. Frye has since been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, while charges remain pending for nine others in the case.