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Former computer shop operator pleads guilty to drug charges

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QUEENSBURY -- A Queensbury man who police said sold drugs from a computer and cellphone repair business is headed to prison for 5 years after pleading guilty to two felony charges, court records show.

Nicholas C. Moffitt, 25, was co-owner of The Tech Guys on Route 9 in Queensbury when police raided the business last Aug. 7 after learning he was selling drugs from the business.

Moffitt was using an underground black market website known as The Silk Road to buy heroin, cocaine and prescription drugs he was re-selling from the store and his home.

Moffitt is also accused of making two illegal sales of the prescription medication Suboxone from his home on Dix Avenue in Queensbury in March and April. Investigators from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office raided the business after the drug sales and seized heroin and the prescription drug Xanax, police said.

Moffitt was getting regular deliveries of drugs though the mail, police said. The U.S. Postal Service assisted with the investigation.

“We were aware he was getting a shipment that day,” sheriff’s Sgt. Tony Breen said.

A computer in the business was logged on to The Silk Road website at the time of the raid. The Silk Road has since been shut down by federal law enforcement.

Moffitt pleaded guilty to counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He agreed to a plea deal that will result in Warren County Judge John Hall imposing a 5-year prison sentence to be followed by 3 years on parole.

He also agreed to forfeit nearly $8,000 in cash.

Moffitt’s lawyer, Trevor Hannigan, said he had no comment on the case Monday.

A business partner continued operating the shop after Moffitt’s arrest.

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