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More Than 60 Arrests Made in Massive Central/Upstate NY Drug Sting

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Atty. General James

Attorney General Letitia James yesterday (October 28) announced the guilty pleas of 63 individuals for their roles in two major narcotics trafficking operations that moved heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine to parts of Central and Upstate New York.

During a lengthy sting, authorities recovered about 4,700 bags of heroin and fentanyl (est. $140K) and approximately two kilograms of cocaine (est. $200K), a combined total value worth more than $340K.

“These individuals flooded our communities with dangerous drugs that are putting New Yorkers at great risk,” said Attorney General Letitia James. “We are committed to rooting out drug trafficking networks and those who continue to push lethal cocktails of heroin and fentanyl that are claiming lives across our state. I thank all of our law enforcement partners for their contributions to this investigation and efforts to keep our communities safe.”

The multi-agency investigation, code-named “Operation Central City,” was led by the Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force (OCTF) and brought together more than two dozen state, local, and federal enforcement agencies – including the Cortland County Sheriff’s Department.

It included covert surveillance and hundreds of hours of wiretaps, aimed at rooting out heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine dealers operating in St. Lawrence County, Oswego County, Oneida County, Onondaga County, and Jefferson County.

The indictment and guilty pleas detail a sophisticated distribution ring that moved cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl from New Jersey and New York City, through Syracuse to St. Lawrence County.

A 15-month investigation led to the convictions of 63 individuals over the past five months in Onondaga County Court, each tried before Justice Thomas J. Miller.


The following is a list of the defendants and the top charge they pled to:

QUAID ABDULLAH, a.k.a. “Q” – Rockaway, NY: Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree PL §220.18(1)

DOUGLAS ADU – Liverpool, NY: Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree PL §110/220.16(1)

CARLOS ARROYO – Watertown, NY: Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree PL §110/220.16(1)

AMBROSE BARNES – Watertown, NY: Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree PL §110/220.16(1)

REGINALD BENTON – Baldwinsville, NY: Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree PL §220.16(1)

JONATHAN BOYCE – Fulton, NY: Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree PL §105.10

CORRIN BROWN – Ogdensburg, NY: Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree PL §105.10

PAUL BROWN – Fulton, NY: Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree PL §110/220.09(1)

IRIZARY CHALAS – Syracuse, NY: Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree PL §105.10

FELIX CIRINO – Jersey City, NJ: Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree PL §110/220.16(1)

JAMAL COCHRAN – Utica, NY: Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree PL §220.16(12)

PAMELA COLE – Ogdensburg, NY: Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree PL §105.10

CARL DAVEY – Massena, NY: Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree PL §110/220.09(1)

FAITH DAVID – Liverpool, NY:Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree PL §220.16(1)

CARLA DESIRO, a.k.a “CC” – Syracuse, NY: Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree PL §105.10

ANTHONY DONZE – Syracuse, NY: Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree PL §220.06(1)

BRANDON DORITY – Ogdensburg, NY: Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree PL §110/220.16(1)

ADAM DURHAM – Manlius, NY: Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree PL §220.16(1)

KORY GATES – Ogdensburg, NY: Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree PL §110/220.16(12)

ISAAC GEBO – Watertown, NY: Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree PL §110/220.09(1)

HILLARY GILSON – Canton, NY: Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree PL §220.16(1)

LOQUITA GRAHAM, a.k.a “Quita” – Syracuse, NY: Attempted Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree PL §110/220.39(1)

BRANDY GRENIER – Ogdensburg, NY: Attempted Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree PL §110/220.39(1)

RYAN HERBSTLER – Massena, NY: Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree PL §110/220.09(1)

KAREN HOLLIS – Massena, NY: Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree PL §105.10

JASON HORTON – Utica, NY: Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree PL §220.06(1)

JEFFREY KENDALL – Ogdensburg, NY: Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree PL §220.16(1)

JAMES KENT – Syracuse, NY: Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree PL §220.16(12)

NICOLE KENYON – Fulton, NY: Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree PL §105.10

CALVIN KING – Fulton, NY: Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree PL §110/220.16(1)

MICHAEL LABAFF – Norfolk, NY: Attempted Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree PL §110/220.39(1)

VINCENT LANAUX – Utica, NY: Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree PL §110/220.16(1)

KARA LAPOINTE – Massena, NY: Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree PL §105.10

DWAYNE LAWRENCE– Syracuse, NY: Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree PL §220.06(1)

JUSTIN LOVE – Massena, NY: Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree PL §220.16(1)

LEMEL MARSHAL – Syracuse, NY: Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree PL §220.39(1)

JOSHUA MARTIN – Canton, NY: Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree PL §220.06(1)

EZEQUIEL MARTINEZ – Syracuse, NY: Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree PL §220.16(1)

LOUIS MIKE – Syracuse, NY: Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree PL §220.16(12)

JOSEPH MUSCARELLA – Oswego, NY: Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree PL §110/220.16(1)

CASSONDRA NORTHRUP – Massena, NY: Two counts of Attempted Conspiracy in the Second Degree PL §110/105.15

SCOTT OXENDINE – Lumberton, NC: Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree PL §105.10

MATTHEW PEARSON – Ogdensburg, NY: Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree PL §110/220.16(1)

KATELYNN PERRETTA – Ogdensburg, NY: Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree PL §105.10

RYAN PERRETTA – Morristown, NY: Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree PL §105.10

RAYMOND PROVOST – Massena, NY: Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree PL §105.10

JEFFREY REEVES – Syracuse, NY: Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree PL §110/220.16(1)

JENNIFER ROSS – Ogdensburg, NY: Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree PL §105.10

EARL SCOFIELD – Utica, NY: Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree PL §105.10

TYLER SCOTT – Heuvelton, NY: Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree PL §220.16(12)

SALEAN SIMMONS – Ogdensburg, NY: Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree PL §110/220.16(1)

CHYNNA SIMON HESS – Jersey City, NJ: Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree PL §220.16(1)

VELL KORY SMITHERS – Oswego, NY: Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree PL §110/220.09(1)

BRIAN SPAULDING, a.k.a. “Scooter” – Fulton, NY: Criminal Nuisance in the First Degree PL §240.46(1)

DAVID STELTER – Syracuse, NY: Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree PL §110/220.16(1)

MATTHEW STEWART – Massena, NY: Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree PL §110/220.16(1)

JAMIE THAYER– Syracuse, NY: Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree PL §105.10

BROOKE THOMAS – Oswego, NY: Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree PL §110/220.16(1)

COREY TISDALE – Jersey City, NJ: Conspiracy in the Second Degree PL §105.15

ROBERT VEGA – Jersey City, NJ: Conspiracy in the Second Degree PL §105.15 and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree PL §220.18(1)

WILLIAM WARD – Massena, NY: Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree PL §105.10

LYNIA WARDRICK – Watertown, NY: Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree PL §110/220.16(12)

JEREMY WARE – Mexico, NY: Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree PL §105.10

SHANNON WALKER – Roanoke, VA: This defendant has been charged in one of the indictments, but is facing charges in another state and has not been brought to Syracuse, NY to face charges stemming from this investigation.

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