DA Budelmann: Major Cayuga Co. drug bust will be ‘prosecuted to the fullest’


Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould reports that two individuals were arrested following an investigation into the illegal sale and distribution of narcotics last year.

On December 8th, 2016 detectives arrested Brandon A. Dutcher, 31, of Auburn after he attempted to sell to undercover officers. He then attempted to flee the scene, according to Gould, which resulted in him being arrested a short time later after a foot pursuit.

Dutcher was found to be in possession of a quantity of a narcotic drug that field tested positive for fentanyl, which is a highly-addictive and dangerous opioid drug that is often sought by those who are using heroin.

The Auburn Police Department, as well as the Finger Lakes Drug Task Force also assisted at the scene. He was arraigned in Auburn City Court and remanded to the Cayuga County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 secured bond.

Dutcher faces multiple charges including: Unlawful possession of marijuana, resisting arrest, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and second-degree obstructing governmental administration.

On December 28th, 2016 detectives arrested Christina M. Deuel, 39, after it was learned through further investigation that she had assisted Dutcher in attempting to sell to undercover officers.

She was arraigned in Auburn City Court, and charged with third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance.

The Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office assisted in the investigation and will be prosecuting these charges. Cayuga County DA Jon Budelmann added that “At a time when many are suffering from serious drug addiction, and too many are dying from heroin, fentanyl and opioid overdoses — I want the public to know that the police will continue to actively investigate and arrest drug dealers.”

He continued, “This District Attorney’s Office will continue to prosecute them to the fullest extent, with the goal of removing this dangerous threat from our community.”

Sheriff Gould asks that anyone with information related to this case, or any other drug-related investigation contact his office or the tip line at (315) 406-2575.

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