The former police officer whose home was used to facilitate a cocaine ring has pleaded guilty.
Stephanie Costanzo, 29, faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 when she's sentenced later this year.
She was arrested in November 2016 and charged with managing a drug-involved premises when DEA agents broke up a cocaine operation in her home. She later resigned from the Niagara Falls Police Department.
Costanzo didn’t sell the drugs but was aware they were being sold from her house.
Raymond Hopson and Lindsay Carrier, the people selling the drugs out of Costanzo’s home, both pleaded guilty to distribution charges and face sentences of five to 40 years in prison in addition to a fine of up to $5 million. At the time of their arrest, 5.6 grams of cocaine was found in Costanzo’s home.
Hopson lived at Costanzo’s Grand Avenue home at the time and stored some of his cocaine, in addition to other paraphernalia for weighing and distributing the drug, at the residence.
Costanzo is scheduled for sentencing on May 30; Hopson and Carrier are scheduled to be sentenced on May 29, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.