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Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Drug Sales, Soliciting Minor

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A Newburgh man was sentenced last week to five years in state prison after pleading guilty to selling drugs and soliciting a minor while behind bars awaiting trial.

Malik Ellis, 26, was arrested Feb. 7, 2022 after a two-month investigation conducted by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU). According to Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy, Ellis charged with selling a quantity of Fentanyl on three separate occasions to a person working in conjunction with the NEU between Dec. 2021 and Feb. 2022.

In addition, while housed at the Putnam County Correctional Facility, investigators discovered Ellis had solicited a minor with whom he had a prior relationship to perform an obscene sexual act.

Ellis pled guilty Aug. 30, 2022 to Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Besides jail time, Ellis was also sentenced to two years of post-release supervision.




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