AG James: 2 drug rings in central New York busted

July 7, 2021 GMT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A two-year investigation into two drug rings that distributed cocaine around central New York led to charges Wednesday against 78 people, according to state Attorney General Letitia James.

Defendants face charges that include operating as a major trafficker and criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Authorities also seized 32 kilograms of cocaine, 117 grams of heroin mixed with fentanyl, more than $490,000 and 15 firearms, according to indictments unsealed in Onondaga County Court in Syracuse.

One of the rings sold drugs in the central New York counties of Onondaga, Madison and Oswego and the second operated in Onondaga, Oswego, Oneida, Cortland and Westchester counties as well as New York City, according to James.

“As Syracuse continues to experience record high levels of violence, today, we make good on our commitment to protecting our communities by taking these dangerous guns and drugs off our streets,” James said in a prepared release.

The AG’s Organized Crime Task Force conducted the investigation with the Oneida/Madison County Drug Task Force and worked with other law enforcement agencies.