Defendant in $25,000 cocaine bust pleads guilty

NORWICH – A Norwich woman charged in a $25,000 cocaine bust admitted to being a drug dealer last week and named her alleged co-conspirators in a plea deal with prosecutors.

Twenty-year-old Curissa Jenkins of 31 Hickok Ave., Norwich, appeared distraught in her early December court appearances leading up to last week’s guilty plea. She tearfully argued with attorneys and family members who urged her to cooperate with police as she sat in the Chenango County Supreme Courtroom awaiting an appearance a few weeks ago.

On Dec. 23, Supreme Court Judge Kevin M. Dowd approved a request by Public Defender Alan Gordon that granted Jenkins a temporary release from the Chenango County Correctional Facility, where she was being held on $100,000 cash bail, so she could go home for the holidays. She was ordered to return to jail by Dec. 26. After turning herself back in to authorities, she accepted the plea arrangement.

Jenkins pleaded guilty to fifth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a D class felony that carries a maximum prison sentence of two and a half years with one year of post release supervision. Jenkins avoided the top charge originally filed against her by Chenango County Sheriff’s investigators, second degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Class A-II felony, which could have carried a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison. Those are charges her one-time boyfriend and alleged co-conspirator, 28-year-old Michael Victor, still faces.

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