Nearly two dozen people from Syracuse were among 41 people indicted Thursday on charges of operating two drug pipelines that ran through the city. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says a heroin ring stretched across four cities to Syracuse, and another ring used the U.S. Postal Service to ship cocaine from Puerto Rico.
Three people were arrested and charged Wednesday night when a month-long investigation resulted in the discovery of a methamphetamine lab in Cicero, New York. Renee Fatta, Gerald Reome, and Samuel Glenny were arrested when a search warrant was executed at 5637 Bear Road, where they ran a clandestine laboratory.
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:
With 2,000 reported heroin-related deaths in New York State in 2011, the nationwide heroin problem is becoming an epidemic. This epidemic is affecting both the city of Syracuse and its neighboring suburbs.
The rise of heroin use around central New York is being seen by those who try and help addicts with drug treatment. Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare will host a free virtual tour on Wednesday. Spokesperson Ronald Wood says there’s no escaping the spike in heroin use, which he calls the most common source of drug abuse in the region.