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Buffalo woman tracked by GPS device pleads guilty to drug charges

A Buffalo woman has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from her arrest last fall in her car with $7,000 worth of heroin after authorities placed a global positioning device on the vehicle to track her drug-buying trip to New York City.

Tammy Capozzi, 31, of Coit Street, pleaded guilty last week to two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

Capozzi was arrested Oct. 13 after narcotics detectives from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office stopped her car on Big Tree Road in the Town of Wales and found 50 grams of heroin, with a street value of $5,000 to $7,000.

Sedita said detectives had learned that Capozzi, a suspect in a drug-trafficking investigation, would be traveling to New York to buy heroin over the Columbus Day weekend.

They obtained a search warrant from State Supreme Court Justice Timothy J. Drury that allowed them to place a global positioning device on her car, Sedita said.

When she was arrested, she told officers she had traveled by bus, train and automobile “in a furtive yet ultimately futile effort to avoid arrest and prosecution.”

She faces a maximum prison term of nine years when she his sentenced June 4 by Erie County Judge Michael L. D’Amico, according to Assistant District Attorney John P. Gerken Jr.