46 peo­ple ar­rested, in­dicted in Kingston and Pough­keep­sie traf­fick­ing op­er­a­tions

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Diane Pineiro-Zucker dpzucker@free­manon­ di­aneat­free­man on Twit­ter

Forty-six peo­ple have been ar­rested and in­dicted in a crack­down on Hud­son Valley drug traf­fick­ing, au­thor­i­ties an­nounced Thurs­day.

The ar­rests were made be­fore dawn Thurs­day in the Kingston and Pough­keep­sie ar­eas and in­volved hun­dreds of law-en­force­ment of­fi­cers.

The fed­eral in­dict­ments, handed up in the U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice’s North­ern and South­ern dis­tricts of New York state, in­volve heroin, co­caine, crack and firearms, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion pro­vided at a Thurs­day af­ter­noon press con­fer­ence at the New York Na­tional Guard Ar­mory in Kingston and in a press re­leased from the South­ern Dis­trict.

On Wed­nes­day, a fed­eral grand jury in­dicted 31 peo­ple in the North­ern Dis­trict, which in­cludes Ul­ster County. In the South­ern Dis­trict, which in­cludes Dutchess County, 15 al­leged deal­ers were in­dicted.

The North­ern Dis­trict in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan in April 2015, and mem­bers of the Bloods street and prison gang and

the associated Sex Money Mur­der and G-Shine gangs are among the sus­pects, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice for the dis­trict.

A mother and two of her chil­dren were among those ar­rested, au­thor­i­ties said, and in at least one case, co­caine was hid­den in a karaoke ma­chine “and other elec­tronic de­vices.”

“There’s no karaoke tonight,” An­gel M. Me­len­dez, spe­cial agent in charge of Home­land Se­cu­rity In­ves­ti­ga­tions in New York state, said at the Kingston press con­fer­ence.

U.S. At­tor­ney Richard S. Har­tu­nian said at the press con­fer­ence that the North­ern Dis­trict ar­rests tar­geted “sig­nif­i­cant drug traf­fic” and con­cluded an in­ves­ti­ga­tion that lasted more than a year. He said the net­work was based in Kingston and dis­trib­uted drugs through­out the Hud­son Valley.

Har­tu­nian said law-en­force­ment of­fi­cers seized

20 firearms, in­clud­ing six Glock hand­guns, as well as about 5 kilo­grams of co­caine, 153 grams of heroin, 90 grams of crack co­caine, 2 pounds of mar­i­juana and 75 oxy­codone pills in the course of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Har­tu­nian said the op­er­a­tion tar­geted deal­ers be­cause drug dis­tri­bu­tion “puts a heavy toll on drug users and their fam­i­lies.”

He con­tin­ued, “We’re un­der no il­lu­sion that op­er­a­tions like to­day’s will end drug deal­ing,” but he urged deal­ers to “heed the warn­ing.”

“We’re here to stay ... we re­ally be­lieve we’re go­ing to make a dif­fer­ence,” he said.

Me­len­dez said many of those ar­rested and pro­cessed in fed­eral court in Al­bany on Thurs­day had “pledged their al­le­giance” to street and prison gangs and “op­er­ated with to­tal dis­re­gard not only for law en­force­ment but for the com­mu­nity.”

He said ar­rests of this scope are usu­ally con­fined to “big cities” but that deal­ers are “branch­ing out to ru­ral ar­eas” in hopes of al­lud­ing law en­force­ment.

Me­len­dez said the drug traf­fick­ing tar­geted by in­ves­ti­ga­tors “is re­ally a threat to our na­tional se­cu­rity, a threat to our neigh­bor­hoods and to our coun­try.”

The Thurs­day press con­fer­ence in Kingston also was at­tended by mem­bers of the Ul­ster County Sher­iff Paul Van Blar­cum, Un­der­sh­er­iff Michael Freer, Ul­ster County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Hol­ley Carn­right and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the state po­lice and U.S. Im­mi­gra­tion & Cus­toms En­force­ment, among oth­ers

Those ar­rested in the North­ern Dis­trict in­ves­ti­ga­tion and charged with be­ing part of a co­caine dis­tri­bu­tion con­spir­acy were: Mar­cus Fisher, 39, of Pough­keep­sie; Romell Hearn, 37, of Pough­keep­sie; Re­cardo Langston, 31, of Kingston; Jalen Allen, 23, of Kingston; Jonathon Jones, 46, of Port Ewen; Eu­nice Allen, 57, of Kingston; Emil­iano Alonso, 39, of Mi­ami Beach, Fla.; Guy Cain, 34, of New Wind­sor; Jamal Clin­ton, 39, of Lake Ka­trine; Mark Dou­glas, 37, of Highland; Kevin Drake,

44, of Kingston; Jose Fran­cisquini, 41, of Con­nelly; Greg Hardy, 42, of Kingston; Mark Howard, 43, of Pough­keep­sie; Cordal John­son, 39, of Bea­con; Phillip Keith, 31, of Lake Ka­trine; Ka­reem McFar­lane, 31, of Highland; Robert Med­ley, 38, of Kingston; Michael Mon­santo, 28, of Kingston; Ryan Rios, 34, of Kingston; Dwan Scafe, 28, of Pough­keep­sie; Dionn Spencer, 28, of Pough­keep­sie; Leonard Vandyke, 41, of Kingston; Daniel Wil­liams, 32, of Hyde Park; and Keshia Wil­liams, 28, of Pough­keep­sie.

De­fen­dants ar­rested in the North­ern Dis­trict probe for whom au­thor­i­ties listed spe­cific charges were, for the felonies of un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of a firearm and pos­ses­sion of co­caine with in­tent to dis­trib­ute, Robert Curry, 36, of Pough­keep­sie, Jadon Dou­glas, 28, of Pough­keep­sie, and Jef­frey Keith, 25, of Kingston; for un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of a firearm and pos­ses­sion of heroin with in­tent to dis­trib­ute, Kashawn Wat­son, 23, of Kingston, and Mau­rice Wood, 31, of Kingston; and for pos­ses­sion of heroin with in­tent to dis­trib­ute, Jah­keem Ryan, 22, of Port Ewen.

In the South­ern Dis­trict, 15 peo­ple were ac­cused of dis­tribut­ing drugs from a Pough­keep­sie mu­sic store called Outta They League, which a South­ern Dis­trict press re­lease said was a front for drug traf­fick­ing and the dis­tri­bu­tion of “mul­ti­ple kilo­grams of co­caine in and around Pough­keep­sie ... and to other lo­ca­tions in south­ern and cen­tral New York.”

Au­thor­i­ties said the store is a reg­is­tered cor­po­ra­tion en­gaged in the pro­duc­tion of mu­sic, but in re­cent years has served pri­mar­ily as a front for the drug busi­ness of its owner, Mal­colm “M.A.” Kinyon. They said Kinyon used the site to carry out whole­sale co­caine trans­ac­tions and help laun­der the pro­ceeds of those drug sales.

The 15 al­leged deal­ers ar­rested and in­dicted in the South­ern Dis­trict case, charged with con­spir­acy to dis­trib­ute and pos­sess 5 kilo­grams or more of co­caine with in­tent to dis­trib­ute, were: Kinyon, Eric An­ton­marchi, Star Bermudez, Brian Bow­man, Der­reck Ens­ley, Aaron Hardy, An­drew Hardy, Ni­cholas Leyva, Davion McA­dam, Dante McNair, Jaquan McNair, An­ton Miller, Daniel Spotards, Vaughn Stokes and Bryan Whit­tle.

Kinyon, An­ton­marchi, Bermudez, Bow­man, Ens­ley, Aaron Hardy, Aaron Hardy, Leyva, McA­dam, McNair, Miller, Spor­tards, Stokes and Whit­tle were ad­di­tion­ally charged with con­spir­acy to com­mit money laun­der­ing, and Kinyon was ad­di­tion­ally charged with firearms traf­fick­ing, au­thor­i­ties said.

A large po­lice pres­ence and he­li­copters over­head in Kingston be­fore dawn Thurs­day, as some of the ar­rests were be­ing made, prompted the city po­lice depart­ment to is­sue a state­ment that as­sured lo­cal res­i­dents there was “no on­go­ing, ac­tive threat.”

“The in­creased po­lice pres­ence was for a po­lice op­er­a­tion tar­get­ing spe­cific in­di­vid­u­als and lo­ca­tions,” the po­lice state­ment said.


U.S. At­tor­ney Richard S. Har­tu­nian, at lectern, speaks dur­ing the press con­fer­ence in Kingston on Thurs­day.

An­gel M. Me­len­dez, spe­cial agent in charge of Home­land Se­cu­rity In­ves­ti­ga­tions in New York state, speaks at the Kingston press con­fer­ence.

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