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Auburn drug ring leaders sentenced to 10 years in prison

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Nicholas Neville and Merritt Fletcher IV, recognized as the masterminds behind a vast drug operation in Auburn, were sentenced to 10 years in prison on Thursday in Cayuga County Court.

The Citizen reports each also faces five years of post-release supervision.


Both men confessed to one count each of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Despite appeals by their attorneys, Joseph Centra and William Sullivan, for a violent felony override, Leone maintained the handed-down sentences.

The duo, identified by authorities as members of the Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation, a Bloods gang faction, oversaw a drug network that spanned from central New York to California, trafficking in substances including cocaine, fentanyl, and methamphetamines.