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Not guilty plea in federal overdose case

Not guilty plea in federal overdose case

Defendant remains in custody
Not guilty plea in federal overdose case
Police work at a home in Saratoga Springs on Feb. 10, 2017, after a drug raid in which Steven M. Boice, inset, was arrested.
Photographer: Erica Miller and Photo provided

ALBANY -- An alleged drug dealer indicted on charges that include providing drugs that caused a fatal overdose pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday, officials said.

Steven M. Boice, 28, of Saratoga Springs, appeared in Albany on the new charges. He has been held on earlier drug-related charges for the past year. He did not challenge his detention Tuesday and remains held.

Boice was indicted last week on one federal count of distributing fentanyl causing death. He faces up to life in prison, if convicted.

Boice is accused of distributing fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, to a drug user on Feb. 3, 2017. That person, identified by prosecutors only by the initials "B.L.," overdosed and died on the drug, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Boice was charged in federal court last year with having two firearms -- a semi-automatic rifle and a shotgun -- that were allegedly used in his drug trafficking activities, in addition to a charge of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. That case is pending.

Boice has been in custody since Feb. 10, 2017, when local police and federal agents raided his residence at 16 Cherry St. in Saratoga Springs after a lengthy investigation.

Boice is represented by attorney Lawrence Elmen. Elman did not return a call for comment Tuesday.

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