A Buffalo woman was sentenced Wednesday to five years’ probation on drug charges stemming from her arrest last fall with $7,000 worth of heroin in her car after authorities placed a global positioning device on the vehicle to track her drug-buying trip to New York City.
Erie County Judge Michael L. D’Amico sentenced Tammy Capozzi, 31, of Coit Street, who pleaded guilty in March to two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, prosecutors said.
Capozzi was arrested Oct. 13 after narcotics detectives from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office stopped her car on Big Tree Road in the Town of Wales and found 50 grams of heroin, with a street value of $5,000 to $7,000.
Prosecutors said detectives had learned that Capozzi, a suspect in a drug-trafficking investigation, would be traveling to New York to buy heroin over the Columbus Day weekend. They obtained a search warrant that allowed them to place a global positioning device on her car.
When she was arrested, she told officers she had traveled by bus, train and automobile in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid arrest, prosecutors said.
She faced a maximum prison term of nine years, according to Assistant District Attorney John P. Gerken Jr.