Allegany Co. woman convicted of selling cocaine in Hornell
HORNELL, N.Y. (WENY) – An Allegany County woman has been convicted after prosecutors say she was selling cocaine in the City of Hornell last year.
On Thursday, 38-year-old Kristen Hand of Belmont was found guilty of Criminal Possession and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance, both felonies.
Hand was convicted of working with two co-defendants to sell cocaine from a home on Genesee Street in the city on April 25, 2018. According to the Steuben County District Attorney's Office, both co-defendants have already pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.
Court documents say Hand provided financial backing for the drug dealing enterprise, and even took the money from an agent of the Hornell Police Department to complete the sale in the case.
Hand faces up to nine years in prison.
District Attorney Brooks Baker commended the work of the Hornell Police Department in this case.
“Investigator Tom Aini and Officer Curtis Stanford, working with a civilian who was out to do the right thing, put together a very solid case,” said Baker. “So solid, it took the jury less than 45 minutes to render a guilty verdict.”
“Through their professional and dedicated efforts both in the field and on the stand, another trio of drug dealers will not be selling narcotics in the City of Hornell, or anywhere else.”
In regards to Hand's sentencing, Baker says the decision rests with the judge, but his office will be advocating for a State Prison sentence – as Hand “testified she neither used nor was addicted to drugs”.