Brian Conaty, Chief Assistant District Attorney in the Office of Meagan Galligan, Sullivan County DA, announced that a jury rendered guilty verdicts on December 15 following the four-day trial of …
Brian Conaty, Chief Assistant District Attorney in the Office of Meagan Galligan, Sullivan County DA, announced that a jury rendered guilty verdicts on December 15 following the four-day trial of Jeremiah Herbert, 34, of Liberty.
The jury convicted Herbert of felony possession of fentanyl and crack cocaine with intent to distribute them following a morning of deliberations.
Herbert’s arrest stemmed from an investigation headed by the New York State Police Violent Gang Narcotics Enforcement Team (VGNET)with assistance from the Village of Liberty Police Department and the DA’s Office.
The investigation included the April 4, 2022, execution of a no-knock search warrant on an apartment in Liberty’s Golden Park complex, where the narcotics and Herbert were located.
The evidence at trial included Herbert’s cell phone communications, his email communications, his Cash App transaction history and testimony of witnesses with respect to Herbert’s direction that they distribute the drugs for him.
“This defendant’s actions put our community at risk and will not be tolerated,” Conaty said. “We know all too well how dangerous fentanyl is, yet this defendant’s actions demonstrate his disregard for the value of human life. As this Office has made clear time and time again, we will continue to prosecute those who profit from addiction to the fullest extent of the law, while seeking rehabilitation for those who suffer from substance use disorder before it’s too late.”
Conaty thanked the New York State Police VGNET, BCI and Crime Lab, and the Liberty Police. He additionally thanked the team of prosecutors and investigators in his Office for their dedication at all hours of the day and night to furthering investigations like this. These prosecutions are aimed at disrupting the supply of dangerous narcotics in Sullivan County. Galligan and Conaty praised the work of Assistant District Attorney Michael Puma, who prosecuted the case.
Herbert, who has multiple previous felony convictions, faces up to fifteen years of incarceration at the time of sentencing, which is scheduled for February 15, 2023, before Sullivan County Court Judge Jim Farrell. Herbert is currently detained at the Sullivan County Jail without bail. He was represented by Ed Bruno, Esq.
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