Attorney General Cuomo Announces Sentencing Of Two Former Fugitives Wanted For Drug Trafficking

(March 30, 2007) – Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the sentencing of Jack VanDeViver and his son Michael VanDeViver from a 2006 Indictment filed last June in Oswego County.  The two men were fugitives from last November until their arrest on March 23 in Oneida County.

The pair was arrested without incident in Oneida County last week and sentenced today by Oswego County Court Judge Walter W. Hafner, Jr. On November 6, 2006, the father and son failed to appear at a scheduled court date.

Jack VanDeViver, 51, was sentenced to 17 1/3-to-25 years in prison for his September 12, 2006 guilty plea of one count of Conspiracy in the Second Degree and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree (all class B felonies).

Michael VanDeViver, 23, who had become a fugitive before entering his plea, pleaded guilty to Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance (a class E felony) today and was sentenced to one year in state prison and ordered to undergo comprehensive alcohol and substance abuse treatment.

The two were among 17 people indicted in Oswego County last year following a cocaine trafficking investigation that lasted from December 2005 through March 2006. The Indictment, which totaled 66 counts, charged all 17 defendants with Conspiracy in the 2nd Degree. Additionally, the defendants were charged variously with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance, Criminal use of Drug Paraphernalia and Criminal Possession of a Weapon.

Through a combined effort of several agencies, including the New York State Attorney General’s Statewide Organized Crime Task Force, New York State Police, Finger Lakes Drug Task Force, Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office, and the Auburn Police Department, both Jack and Michael VanDeViver were arrested without incident on March 23 in Oneida County at 1326 Route 365, Ohio, New York. 

“My office is committed to making sure that those who run drugs – and those who run from the law – are brought to justice,” said Attorney General Cuomo. “Local and state law enforcement worked diligently to apprehend these criminals and the Organized Crime Task Force was able to put an end to a widespread drug trafficking operation, resulting in fewer deadly drugs circulating through New York State.”

The cases were prosecuted by Irene S. Bardot of the New York State Attorney General’s Syracuse Regional Organized Crime Task Force Office and Deputy Attorney General in Charge, J. Christopher Prather.