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Guilty plea possible from man accused in Fayetteville drug trafficking case

Guilty plea possible from man accused in Fayetteville drug trafficking case

A change of plea hearing has been scheduled for a convicted drug dealer accused of using a Fayetteville home as part of a drug trafficking scheme, according to federal court records.

Saladin Hadid previously pleaded not guilty, but his attorneys confirmed to CNYCentral a change of plea hearing has been scheduled for May 31.

Hadid's attorneys declined to comment on a potential plea agreement before the hearing.

The feds took control of the large home on Hoag Lane shortly after Hadid was arrested in January. Drug Enforcement Agents say each month he was running three to five kilos of cocaine from downstate to Syracuse. Prosecutors are on record saying they plan to use multiple previous drug convictions against Hadid for future sentencing if he's convicted.

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Investigators say Hadid jumped through hoops to allegedly launder drug money through continuous projects at the home; he even appeared before the Manlius zoning board in March 2016, presenting himself as a family man looking to expand his garage.

The home is now lined with zoning violation notices and currently owned by the federal government.

Investigators also say they discovered drugs and more than a quarter million dollars in cash in a stash house on Syracuse's South Side.

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