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Cayuga County man sentenced in drug possession case

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David K. Kalet, a 36-year-old from Montezuma was sentenced to 4.5 years in prison for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The sentencing took place in Cayuga County Court, where Judge Thomas Leone also mandated three years of post-release supervision for Kalet.


Before receiving his sentence, Kalet conveyed his commitment to making amends and his aspiration to become “a positive member of society” post-release. Judge Leone acknowledged Kalet’s remorse and intentions but also highlighted his previous relapse and criminal record as factors in the sentencing decision.

Kalet’s arrest was part of “Operation Blockbuster,” a significant drug trafficking investigation in central New York. The operation led to the arrest of dozens, including Kalet, who were collectively charged with over 190 drug trafficking and weapons offenses related to the distribution of fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine, according to the New York State Attorney General’s Office.