The FBI busted more than a dozen suspected gang members for drug trafficking in Sullivan County. Our Venise Toussaint has the details.
MONTICELLO, N.Y. -- Neighbors were woken up by the sound of police busting into a home in Monticello.
“I looked and I saw it flooded with cops.”
Inside, police say two people suspected of dealing drugs, pumping hundreds of grams of crack cocaine in and around Sullivan County. They were among 13 arrested on federal drug charges.
“These folks were not low level drug dealers. They were mid to higher level dealers,” said Monticello Police Chief Douglas Solomon.
FBI, state and local police recorded hours of telephone conversations. In them, they say the suspects were caught arranging drug deliveries and sales. They also captured video and audio recordings of multiple drug deals dating back to 2009. The two year investigation is part of the FBI lead Hudson Valley Safe Streets Tasks Forces mission to rid the streets of violent gangs and drugs.
“These defendants are facing significant prison sentences, so that’s going to have the added effect of sending a message to people out in the community to think twice whether they are going to sell drugs or be involved in gang activity,” said Solomon.
Eleven of the suspects are charged with conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of crack and powder cocaine. If convicted, they face 10 year to life in prison.