Deputies in Syracuse, New York made the largest bust in the county’s history, and a kidnapping case led them to such an accomplishment. Onondaga County Sheriff Eugene Conway announced the development in a news conference on Thursday.
It all started when the sheriff’s office investigated a domestic violence incident on November 3. Conway said the suspect, identified as William Sullivan, had tormented his wife for several hours at their home located on Cedar Lane in DeWitt. He then put her in the trunk of a car at knifepoint. Sullivan drove around the city of Syracuse with his 26-year-old victim still in the trunk of his vehicle.
The suspect eventually lets the woman go, and she immediately called 911 for help. Local deputies said the victim was brought to a local hospital for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.
The kidnapping victim’s complaint led authorities to search the home of the suspect located at 108 Cedar Lane. The officers found not just evidence supporting the kidnapping claim of the woman, but also discovered “significant drug-related items.”
The probe then led authorities to search a second home at 100 Sheridan Place also in Syracuse, where they discovered more pieces of evidence of the kidnapping and 25 kilograms of cocaine. Said amount of cocaine had a street value pegged at $3 million, so far the largest seizure in the history of Onondaga County.
The sheriff’s office said investigators also found 135 pounds of marijuana and nearly $90,000 in cash.
The suspect faces several charges of kidnapping and drug charges. A second suspect, identified as Anthony Brigman, 47, who owns the Sheridan Place home, also faces drug charges.
Both Sullivan and Brigman were arraigned Saturday in the City of Syracuse Court. The two are being held at the Onondaga County Justice Center.