Thunder, lightning and drenching rains might have made a bigger bang to open the New York State Fair then Andrew Cuomo did. But the governor did eventually cut the ribbon to start this year’s event. The state invested pretty heavily into the fairgrounds themselves while the property has an interim director. Cuomo might not rush to name a new head.
Federal and local law enforcement agencies have broken up a large drug trafficking ring that brought heroin from Newark, NJ to the Syracuse area. Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick says his office and the Drug Enforcement Agency began investigating the drug ring a year ago. Federal agents seized 10,000 packets of heroin totaling 13 ounces, and 19 people have either been arrested or face arrest in connection to the ring. The alleged leader of the trafficking organization, 41-year-old Calvin Marshall, was one of six arraigned Wednesday morning on conspiracy and drug possession charges, with Marshall accused of being a major trafficker. Eight others have already pleaded guilty, and 7 of them have been sentenced. Police are trying to track down the remaining five. In addition to the heroin, investigators also seized $100,000 in cash and property, and a handgun. DA Fitzpatrick says their investigation doesn’t end with this bust; he says his office will continue to partner with federal, state, and local agencies to stop the influx of heroin into the community. The following individuals were arrested Tuesday in a coordinated raid: