DeWitt kidnapping leads to largest cocaine bust ever in Onondaga County

William Sullivan and Anthony Brigman/ Onondaga County Sheriff's Office

Onondaga County Sheriff Eugene Conway announced Thursday that a kidnapping case led deputies to make the largest cocaine bust in the county's history.

The investigation began when the sheriff's office investigated a domestic violence incident on Nov. 3. During a news conference Thursday afternoon, Conway said the suspect, identified as William Sullivan, had tormented his wife for hours at their home on Cedar Lane in DeWitt and put her in the trunk of a car at knifepoint. He then drove around the city of Syracuse with the 26-year-old woman in the trunk, according to Conway.

The woman was eventually freed and immediately called 911, according to deputies. She was treated at a local hospital for non life-threatening injuries.

The incident led the sheriff's office to conduct a search at the homem located at 108 Cedar Lane, where investigators found evidence supporting the kidnapping claim and also found "significant drug-related items."

The investigation led to a search of a second home at 100 Sheridan Place in Syracuse, where more evidence of the kidnapping and 25 kilograms of cocaine were found. Conway said the cocaine seized had a street value close to $3 million, making it the largest seizure in the history of Onondaga County.

Detectives also found 135 pounds of marijuana and about $90,000 in cash, the sheriff's office said.

Sullivan faces several charges for the kidnapping along with drug charges. A second suspect, identified as 47-year-old Anthony Brigman, who owns the Sheridan Place home, also faces drug charges, according to the sheriff's office.

Both Sullivan and Brigman were arraigned Saturday in the City of Syracuse Court and are being held in the Onondaga County Justice Center, according to the sheriff's office.

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