A number of local, state and federal officials announced the arrests of 12 suspects at the Town Hall in Massena. Officials are calling this one of the largest drug operations to ever happen in Massena.
The 12 suspects are charged with federal drug trafficking. Officials say the alleged drug dealers were from New York City; 11 of the people arrested were allegedly in a conspiracy to distributing cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin throughout Franklin, St. Lawrence and Clinton counties.
The roundup was the work of the Border Enforcement Security Task Force, a team of local, state, federal and Canadian authorities working together to address the area's drug trafficking problem.
"The scope and scale of this problem included a number of people with a wide range and that's why it was very important that we reach out to all of our partners at a state level, federal level, the U.S. attorney's office, because this was going to take a comprehensive team effort to deal with this effectively," Massena Police Chief Tim Currier said.
Even though this bust did not involve any cross-border trafficking and was mostly first-time offenders, officials here say the collaborative effort has paid off.
They continue to encourage community members to reach out to police if they ever see or hear of anything suspicious.
From the U.S. Attorney's Office:
The following people are charged with conspiracy to distribute over 500 grams of cocaine, over 28 grams of cocaine base (crack), and heroin, in Franklin, St. Lawrence, and Clinton Counties:
* Patrick Lloyd, aka "Problem," 25, of New York City * Jessica Monaghan, 26, of Massena, New York * Codi Burke, 21, of Massena, New York * Michael Spencer, aka "Don," 25, of New York City * Bernie Russo, 35, of Massena, New York * Kimberly Jandrew, 27, of Massena, New York * Justin Brailsford, 25, of Massena, New York * Jon Garcia, 22, of New York City * Zachary Huto, 21, of Massena, New York * Leslie Moore, 27, of Massena, New York * Paul Williams, aka "Cash," 30, of Massena, New York
A twelfth person is charged in the indictment but has not yet been arrested.
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