Former Falls Cop, 2 Others Plead Guilty in Drug Conspiracy

Admitted to letting person she lived with store cocaine in her home

Tom Puckett
February 12, 2018 - 4:36 pm

Niagara Falls, NY (WBEN) A former Niagara Falls police officer is among three people who pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy in Federal Court.

Officer Stephanie A. Costanzo, 29, pleaded guilty to managing a drug involved premises before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. Prosecutors say between July 28, 2016, and November 8, 2016, Raymond Hopson made several sales of crack cocaine to an undercover officer posing as a drug customer. During that time, Hopson was living with Costanzo, at her residence on Grand Avenue in Niagara Falls.  Hopson would store some of his cocaine, along with paraphernalia used to weigh and distribute the cocaine, at the residence.  

On November 9, 2016, Special Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), along with the Niagara Falls Police Department executed a search warrant at Costanzo’s residence. Agents and officers recovered approximately 5.6 grams of cocaine, a digital scale used for weighing and distributing the cocaine, and drug paraphernalia used to package and distribute the cocaine. Although she did not participate in the distribution of the controlled substances, Costanzo was aware that Hopson stored his cocaine and paraphernalia at her residence.

Lindsay Carrier conspired with Raymond Hopson to distribute crack cocaine. On five occasions between July 28, 2016, and November 8, 2016, Hopson obtained crack cocaine from Carrier and then sold it to an undercover officer. A search warrant executed at the Willow Avenue residence of Carrier’s mother, resulted in the seizure of quantities of cocaine and crack cocaine.

The pleas are the result of an investigation by the Niagara Falls Police department, under the direction of Superintendent Bryan Dalporto, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division.

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