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Woman pleads guilty in heroin case

Horning

JOHNSTOWN — A Gloversville woman arrested last fall following an investigation into heroin and Fentanyl sales in that city pleaded guilty Thursday in Fulton County Court.

Dana C. Horning, 23, of 19 E. 11th Ave., Apartment 3, pleaded guilty before County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye to counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Her action was part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was adjourned until later, but Horning is expected to receive four years in state prison. That incarceration will be followed by two years of post-release supervision.

Horning was arrested by Gloversville police on a warrant at her residence on Oct. 30, 2018 — along with co-defendant Cedric D. Jennings of First Avenue, Gloversville — following an ongoing investigation into the sale of heroin and Fentanyl in Gloversville. The status of his case was unknown this week.

Both Horning and Jennings were charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and intent to sell, class B felonies.

The search warrant for Horning’s apartment was carried out by Gloversville police in conjunction with state police’s Community Narcotics Enforcement Team and Special Operations Response Team.

According to a Gloversville police news release issued at the time, the search of Horning’s apartment uncovered a large quantity of Fentanyl that was packaged for sale. Police said the Fentanyl recovered was clandestine in its origin and was not prescription or patches. Police said there was a quantity that was consistent with, and packaged in a manner consistent with, sale for the substance.

Police didn’t release the quantity found or its street value.

In another case, three co-defendants pleaded guilty Wednesday before Hoye in a stolen property case. Details of the case were unavailable.

Justan Knapp, 34, and Bernard Bienkowski, 61, both of Route 5, Vernon, both pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, as part of plea arrangements.

They will both be sentenced later to 1 1/2 to three years in state prison, as second offenders. Knapp and Bienkowski may also have to pay some amount of restitution.

Knapp was arrested Oct. 24, 2018 and Bienkowski was arrested Oct. 25, 2018.

A third co-defendant — Violet Bienkowski, 53, of the same address — also pleaded guilty before Hoye to fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. She is due to receive five years probation at a later date. She was arrested Oct. 25,

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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