- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A 39-year-old New York man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after authorities found large amounts of drugs and nearly $300,000 in cash stashed around his rural upstate property.

Federal prosecutors say Joshua Stegemann was sentenced Wednesday in Albany, where a jury convicted him last August on drug and weapons possession charges.

Authorities say he based his drug trafficking business out of his property in the Rensselaer County town of Stephentown, on the Massachusetts border 20 miles east of Albany.

A police search in April 2013 found more than 600 grams of cocaine, 30 grams of heroin, 700 oxycodone pills, three firearms and ammunition, and $296,000 hidden in the house or stashed among the landscaping.

A search of a home in nearby Pittsfield, Massachusetts, turned up another $160,000 in cash.


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