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Three White Plains men have been accused of taking part in a major drug ring that sent truckloads of carfentanil — a drug 100 times more potent than fentanyl — across the country, including $2.4 million worth of drugs that were seized in West Nyack.
Giovanny Arias, Victor Salazar and Hector Maren were three of 11 people who were recently arrested and indicted in connection to the operation, which authorities said used long-haul truckers to move carfentanil, heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, ketamine and tramadol throughout the United States.
The accusations were revealed in a press release this month from the Queens District Attorney's Office, which is leading the investigation.
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Among those defendants is Alexis Victorero, a resident of Milford, Massachusetts, who Clarkstown police said was arrested in West Nyack while driving a tractor-trailer full of fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl.
Officials said they seized 68 pounds of cocaine, 50 pounds of fentanyl, 11 pounds of carfentanil, eight pounds of heroin, various amounts of ketamine and tramadol, and six guns during the investigation. It was the country's largest seizure of carfentanil, a synthetic opioid, they said.
Arias, 49, is accused of masterminding the operation. Officials said their investigation began with a Queens resident who had been suspected of dealing drugs and guns.
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A couple from East Madison were charged with trafficking drugs on Wednesday morning by deputies from the Somerset County Sheriff's Office. According to a release from the Somerset County Sheriff's Office, a drug search warrant at the home of Timmy Smith, 43, and Danielle Smith, 33, was conducted. The sheriff's office said Detective Lieutenant Carl Gottardi II led a search team of three Sheriff’s Office Detectives, three Sheriff’s Office Deputies, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agent assigned to the sheriff’s office, and a Trooper from the Maine State Police. Over seven grams of fentanyl, digital scales and drug paraphernalia were found in the search.
Officials said they learned that the suspected dealer worked with Arias to sell drugs by having long-haul truck drivers take drugs from the southern border of California to New York City.
Officials said they identified Victorero as one of those drivers, and they coordinated with Clarkstown police to stop his truck just before he was to get on the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge on Sept. 25.
More than 28 pounds of cocaine, two pounds of a mixture of fentanyl and tramadol, two pounds of heroin, and 1,500 counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl were found in Victorero's truck, officials said.
Clarkstown police said that drug cargo was worth an estimated $2.4 million.
Victorero, 47, was arrested and charged with felony counts of first- and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was arraigned in Rockland County Court and is due back on Nov. 19. He is being held on $250,000 bail.
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Officials with the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office said an upper-level drug dealer was arrested. Jordan Morales, 55, was taken into custody after an investigation by the county's drug task force uncovered nearly a kilogram of cocaine, quantities of heroin and cash, and stolen handguns, officials said. Sign up for our Newsletters Officials said the items were found in September and October during searches of numerous storage units and garages, as well as Morales' vehicle and house on Glenwood Avenue in Lancaster.Detectives called Morales' trafficking an "enterprise.
Arias was arrested on Oct. 21 and charged with felony counts of first-, third- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, operating as a major drug trafficker, and first-degree conspiracy, and misdemeanor counts of second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia.
Arias was arraigned in Queens Supreme Court and is due back on Nov. 21. He is being held without bail.
Maren, 46, was arrested in April and charged with felony counts of first- and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, operating as a major drug trafficker, and first-degree conspiracy, as well as misdemeanor counts of second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia.
He was arraigned in Queens Supreme Court and is due back on Nov. 21. He is being held on $250,000 bail.
Salazar, 59, was arrested in October 2018 and charged with felony counts of first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and first-degree conspiracy. He was arraigned in Queens Supreme Court and is due back on Nov. 21. He posted $100,000 bond.
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