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Auburn man sentenced for cocaine possession

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Kyreese T. Gilliam, a 27-year-old resident of Auburn, was sentenced to eight years in prison on Thursday, following his arrest last year for cocaine possession. The sentencing, handed down by Judge Thomas Leone in Cayuga County Court, addresses charges of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A felony. This sentence also encompasses a count of third-degree criminal possession, a class B felony, highlighting the serious nature of Gilliam’s offenses.

The arrest stemmed from a coordinated effort between the Auburn Police Department’s patrol division and the Finger Lakes Drug Task Force. After executing a search warrant at Gilliam’s Thornton Avenue home in late March 2023, authorities found him with over $7,500 in cash and a small amount of cocaine. At the time, Gilliam was awaiting sentencing on separate gun and drug charges from July 2022.

Further investigation led to the discovery of over 77 grams of cocaine and more than 49 grams of crack cocaine at Gilliam’s residence, along with drug paraphernalia. This significant find underscores the extent of Gilliam’s involvement in drug possession and distribution, resulting in his substantial prison sentence followed by five years of post-release supervision.