North Country man held without bail after traffic stop allegedly turned up 110 pounds of cocaine
Monday, February 12, 2018 - 5:48 pm

Updated Feb. 13, 2017, 11:05 a.m.

A 24-year-old man whose home address was listed as Hogansburg is facing federal drug charges after being caught with 110 pounds of cocaine.

Jake Patnode was charged Saturday with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Syracuse.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Syracuse, Oswego County sheriff’s deputies seized approximately 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of cocaine from a vehicle driven by Patnode.

He was stopped going northbound on Interstate Route 81 in the Town of Hastings late Saturday evening after being observed exceeding the posted speed limit, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Patnode appeared in federal court on Monday and was ordered held without bail, pending a hearing scheduled for Thursday, the U.S. attorney said.

The charge carries a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum sentence of life in prison, a fine of up to $10,000,000 and a term of supervised release of at least five years and up to life, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the federal sentencing guidelines and other factors.

This case is being investigated by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Levine.