Kidnapping investigation leads to major cocaine bust

A DeWitt man is accused of kidnapping his wife, found with $3M worth of cocaine

DEWITT, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - The Onondaga County Sheriff's Office have arrested two men after deputies discovered nearly $3 million in cocaine when a kidnapped woman called 911 on her husband. 

38-year-old William Sullivan, of DeWitt, was accused of assaulting his wife over the course of several hours on Nov. 3 before tying her up and forcing her into the trunk of his vehicle at knifepoint.

Deputies say Sullivan then drove her around the city of Syracuse, all the while his wife was in the trunk.

Onondaga County Sheriff Gene Conway said Sullivan freed his wife, and she then called 911. She was treated at a hospital with non life-threatening injuries. 

Deputies say they found evidence of kidnapping and drug paraphernalia in Sullivan's DeWitt home while executing a search warrant. 

The investigation led deputies to a second address in the Syracuse, where they found 25 kilos of cocaine-- worth over $3 million.

Conway says this was the largest cocaine seizure in Onondaga County history.

The investigation also led to the arrest of 47-year-old Anthony Brigman. The cocaine, and 135 pounds of marijuana, were allegedly found in a safe in Brigman's Syracuse home. 

Sullivan was indicted on Thursday morning on charges of kidnapping, as well as first- and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

He was also charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree menacing, second-degree harassment, and criminal possession of marijuana. 

Brigman has been charged with first-, third-, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of marijuana and three counts of criminally using drug parahernalia. 

Both Brigman and Sullivan are lodged in the Onondaga County Justice Center.  


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