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A Flanders man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison today for possession of cocaine, crack and firearms.

Daniel Harris, 36, pleaded guilty on April 8 to possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine and 28 grams of cocaine base, as well as possession of multiple firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

U.S. District Court Judge Arthur Spatt imposed the sentence today in Central Islip.

Harris was arrested Nov. 14 after an investigation into narcotics trafficking in and around Riverhead, during which law enforcement agents and officers made multiple purchases of crack cocaine from Harris at his home in Flanders. A search warrant executed at his home that day resuled in the seizure of more than one kilogram of powder cocaine and over 50 grams of cocaine base, $10,073 in cash, a shotgun, a .38 caliber revolver and a 9mm. handgun. At his guilty plea proceeding, Harris admitted that he kept the firearms to protect his drug trafficking business.

“With today’s sentence, the defendant is deservedly punished for endangering the residents of eastern Long Island with his drug dealing and arming himself to the teeth to protect his illicit business,” U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Richard Donoghue said.

“This office will continue working relentlessly with our federal and local law enforcement partners to address the dangerous combination of narcotics and firearms.”

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