Attorney General Letitia James yesterday (April 25) announced a massive take down of two drug rings she says are responsible for trafficking heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine throughout Central and Upstate New York.
The 15-month multi-agency investigation was code-named “Operation Central City,” and 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.
In total, 65 individuals were indicted and charged with conspiring in two major drug distribution networks that transported heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine to these areas.
The investigation led to the recovery of about 4,700 bags of heroin and fentanyl (with a street value estimated at approximately $140,000). Each had been pre-packaged for easy distribution by the trafficking ring. Authorities also found about 2 kilos of cocaine (with a street value estimated at more than $200,000).
“These two drug rings were allegedly responsible for trafficking significant amounts of illicit drugs across Central and Upstate New York,” said Attorney General Letitia James. “In order to combat the opioid epidemic that is claiming far too many lives, we will continue to go after those responsible for pumping these dangerous drugs into our communities. Let this serve as a loud and clear message: drug trafficking will not be tolerated in New York State.”