Big Cocaine Bust In Upstate NY In “Operation Southbound”

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Thirty-nine people were arrested and more than $1 million in cocaine was seized in a major drug bust today across upstate New York, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced.

Schneiderman said they took down three drug distribution networks from New York City area and Buffalo to be sold in Cortland, Syracuse and Watertown. A raid was conducted this morning, leading to the confiscation of 10 kilograms of cocaine and the arrests.

It was part of a nine-month investigation called “Operation Southbound,” Schneiderman said.

“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,” said Schneiderman in a statement.

The three separate indictments charge 39 individuals with crimes including operating as a major trafficker, criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance (class A and B felonies), and conspiracy.

The major trafficker law was written by Schneiderman when he was a state senator, he said, as part of the 2009 reforms to the Rockefeller drug laws of the 1970s. It is the only felony narcotics charge in New York with a possible life sentence.

The three indictments were unsealed today in Cortland County Court.

Those charged were:


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 PE?A – 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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  1. Big whoop. All the time and resources spent don’t justify the VERY FEW who will actually get prison time, and even then it’ll be 1-3 years with mandatory Shock Camp, out in less than 1 year. Look at the track record of this joker. What good are the King Pin Laws if you plead everyone down to nothing????
    Shame on you, Schneiderman. Do your damn job.

  2. @Eagle Eye: Actually, this is a major success for NYS… All of these folks will now be duly entered into state funded jails and rehabs, which happens to be a multi billion dollar enterprise. Your tax money, working hard as usual…