Woman busted for drugs in "Operation Gold Rush"

By Erika Mahoney

Woman busted for drugs in "Operation Gold Rush"

January 5, 2014 Updated Jan 5, 2014 at 9:58 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Multiple law enforcement agencies busted a woman who used to live in Oneonta for dealing Oxycodone.

The joint narcotics investigation, called "Operation Gold Rush," led to the arrest of Casandra Marie Remillard, 24, New Lisbon, NY, on Friday.

The investigation focused on an Oxycodone powder distribution ring in Otsego and Delaware Counties. It also led to the conviction of Drug Kingpin Dante Darren Major. Major was convicted at trial and is serving a 55-year to life sentence in Five Points Correction Facility, a maximum security facility in Seneca County.

According to the Otsego County Sheriff's Office, some Oxycodone powder was purchased from Remillard in Onoenta in September 2011. In December 2013, she was indicted by the County Grand Jury for selling it. A sealed indictment warrant of arrest was issued for her arrest.

On Friday, January 3, 2014, investigators and detectives found Remillard in an apartment on East Street in Oneonta.

She was arraigned that Friday and remanded to the Otsego County Correctional Facility on $15,000 bail.

She was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a felony.

If Remillard is convicted, she could face up to nine years in state prison.

The Otsego County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division, the Drug Enforcement Administration Albany District Office along with special agents and Tactical Diversion Squad special agents, plus the Oneonta Police Department Detective Bureau assisted in "Operation Gold Rush."