New York Cocaine "Pipeline" Closed for Business
Bad news, coke heads: A massive, statewide cocaine bust has shut down a cocaine "pipeline" that moved cocaine from New York City to multiple locations in Upstate America.
In all, 39 people were arrested, and authorities seized more than $1 million worth of cocaine in what law-enforcement officials have dubbed "Operation Southbound."
According to the New York State Attorney General's office, authorities conducted a series of raids early this morning and confiscated more than 10 kilograms of cocaine from the alleged dealers.
The AG's office says the investigation into the coke "pipeline"
started nine months ago, and targeted three different drug-trafficking
In the first drug "network," authorities say Rayshonn
Hester was selling large amounts of cocaine to buyers in Cortland.
"Investigators then uncovered a chain of suppliers and ultimately established that John Galan of Syracuse was supplying several middlemen -- Jimmy Peña of the New York City area and Ricardo Martino-Serrano (a/k/a Javier Ricardo or Muneco) of Syracuse -- that were linked to Hester," the AG's office says.
Authorities cite the following examples:
- Police stopped Rayshonn Hester and Toshiro Scott as they traveled from Syracuse toward Cortland with 140 bags of cocaine destined for sale in Cortland.
- In another instance, investigators seized a kilogram of cocaine from Carlos Orta who was a cocaine reseller, after they watched Orta's source, John Galan place the cocaine in a Mercedes Benz that was owned and operated by Orta.
- In another instance, middleman Martino-Serrano arranged with supplier John Galan and middleman Jimmy Peña to obtain multiple kilograms of cocaine from a source in Bayonne, New Jersey (near New York City). But law-enforcement officers in Bayonne seized 351 kilograms of cocaine worth more than $13 million wholesale from Martino-Serrano's suppliers before their transaction was completed.
- In another instance, Martino-Serrano arranged for Galan and Peña to obtain nine kilograms of cocaine from Oscar Morales in Buffalo, and investigators were able to seize the cocaine.
The second network, authorities say, was led by Corey Grier and
Termaine Kirby. That "pipeline" originated from a man named Kamar
Davidson, of Brooklyn.
As for this network, the AG's office says it found that Davidson sent Grier to the Fort Drum
area in Jefferson County and "directed him to sell seven ounces of
cocaine to three separate individuals and provided him with a half ounce
of cocaine as payment for his service."
Grier then brought the blow back to Cortland to sell.
The third network also was based in Cortland, and also used the services of Corey Grier.
"These elaborate drug networks polluted our communities through a pipeline of illegal drugs that allowed traffickers to bring dangerous narcotics from New York City and Buffalo to Central and Northern New York. Operation Southbound put an end to this deadly drug distribution chain, and now the perpetrators will be brought to justice," Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says.
The 39 people charged in the three separate indictments include the following:
DONALD ABRAMS - Syracuse, NY
RAVAUGHN BAKER - Syracuse, NY
LYLE CAMIGE - Felts Mills, NY
TERRANCE CARTER - Syracuse, NY
JOSEPH CROSSON - Cortland, NY
KAMAR DAVIDSON - Brooklyn, NY
ALEXANDER GALAN - Syracuse, NY
JOHN GALAN - Syracuse, NY
DANIELLE GARROW - Cortland, NY
TAMARA GLOVER - Cortland, NY
GERALDO GONZALEZ - Syracuse, NY
SHANE GRANGER - Cortland, NY
COREY D. GRIER - New York City
CORNELIUS HATHAWAY - Cortland, NY
RAYSHONN HESTER - Currently in state prison
DARREN HIGHTOWER - Syracuse, NY
GAGE A HILL - Cortland, NY
CHARLOTTE HOWARD - Cortland, NY
TONY KING - Syracuse, NY
TERMAINE KIRBY - Cortland, NY
GEORGE MACON - Cortland, NY
RICARDO MARTINO-SERRANO - Syracuse, NY
OSCAR MORALES - Buffalo, NY
DEBORAH OLIVA - Cortland, NY
SANTOS OLIVER - Pitcher, NY
CARLOS ORTA - Solvay, NY
JIMMY PEŇA - Bronx, NY
BILLY PRINGLE - Syracuse, NY
TOSHIRO SCOTT - Syracuse, NY
LISA SPECTOR - Cortland, NY
GERRY LEE STEWART - Cortland, NY
LISSETTE TEJEDA - Solvay, NY
ANDRE WALKER - Cortland, NY
RUSH WALTS - Evans Mills, NY
KASSANDRA WHITNEY - Mexico, NY
NADINE WILLIAMS - Syracuse, NY
RAYMOND WILLIAMS - Syracuse, NY
TERRANCE WILLIAMS - Syracuse, NY
JESSICA WOODARD - Cortland, NY
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