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Feds: Former track worker at Saratoga gets federal prison time over meth sales

Feds: Former track worker at Saratoga gets federal prison time over meth sales

Worker sold crystal meth at or near race track
Feds: Former track worker at Saratoga gets federal prison time over meth sales
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ALBANY - A Mexican national who worked last year at the Saratoga Race Course was sentenced last week to more than five years in prison for selling crystal methamphetamine in the city, federal prosecutors said.

Francisco Alarcon Badillo, 29, was sentenced Friday to five years and five months in federal prison. After that, he could be subject to deportation.

Badillo pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in January to selling crystal meth between May 2019 and August 2019, while he was living and working on the track grounds. 

Badillo also admitted to hiding the drugs in various locations around the race course property, including in his dorm room. He admitted to selling more than 400 grams of meth during that time.

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When Badillo pleaded guilty in January to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, he admitted he sold about 20 grams to an individual May 17, 2019, for $1,500. That sale took place outside his dormitory building, according to information filed in court.

The agreement also outlined three other sales of crystal methamphetamine in May, June and July of 2019, for $2,250, $1,500 and $1,340. One sale occurred 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. Police said they found crystal meth in the car, and Badillo admitted it was his, and he was on his way to meet with the customer.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and its Capital District Drug Enforcement Task Force, and the Saratoga Springs Police Department, with assistance from the New York Racing Association.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.

Reach staff writer Stephen Williams at 518-395-3086, [email protected] or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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