Overnight raids led to the arrests of 32 people involved in two connected, large-scale drug distribution networks that funneled cocaine and heroin into Buffalo, Rochester and surrounding communities, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico today announced today.
Seven of the accused are Buffalo men.
The 13-month investigation into the rings was dubbed “Operation Crazy Train,” and included covert surveillance and hundreds of hours of wiretaps.
The seven Buffalo defendants are Jeffrey Acevedo, Jerry Alvarez, Edwin Cruz, Jose Gautier, Mercedes Hughes, Robert Jackson and Carlos Martinez.
Authorities seized nearly $1 million worth of heroin, several hundred thousand dollars worth of cocaine and tens of thousands of dollars in cash, according to a statement released by the AG’s office.
“Heroin has become one of the deadliest forces attacking communities across New York and the country,” Schneiderman said in the statement. “Takedowns like this one strike a significant blow to the criminal element of narcotics trafficking, particularly across Western New York.”
“The arrests of these individuals today will have a significant impact on the heroin and drug trade in Western New York,” Police Superintendant D’Amico said.
Authorities claim the suspects went to great lengths to hide their communications with each other, including using code words, and their transportation of drugs.