A massive drug trafficking bust ends in numerous arrests including 11 people from Syracuse and three from Watertown.
According to State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, it involved a large scale drug network transporting cocaine from Puerto Rico, Arizona and New York City to Syracuse and Watertown. The suspects are also accused of transporting heroin from New York City to Syracuse. The Attorney General office's seized more than six kilograms of cocaine and approximately six ounces of heroin.
"Drug trafficking is a statewide problem made up of a sophisticated network of dealers and suppliers," said Attorney General Schneiderman. "Multi-agency investigations like this one help to bring down dangerous drug rings, get violent criminals off the street and protect our neighborhoods from the drug epidemic. Together, we are working to protect our communities and make the streets of Central New York safer."
The charges stem from a 9-month, multi-agency investigation code-named "Extreme Delivery," that included covert surveillance, hundreds of hours of wiretaps and execution of search warrants at several locations. Numerous law enforcement agencies were involved including State Police, the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department, the Syracuse Police Department, the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office, the Camillus Police Department, the Solvay Police Department, the Metro-Jefferson Drug Task Force, Onondaga County Probation Department, and Public Safety at Syracuse University.
Investigators say Joel Gonzalez was distributing a large volume of cocaine to customers in Syracuse. Investigators discovered a pipeline of cocaine was coming through Elias Diaz-Pizarro from Puerto Rico and Arizona.
Police say they recovered a shipment of cocaine from DeJesus Matos to Diaz-Pizarro which resulted in the recovery of approximately two kilograms of cocaine. On February 28th 2012, police executed a search warrant, recovering two kilograms of cocaine and $73,000 that Mercado Guadalupe had shipped from Puerto Rico to Connecticut, and was delivered by Maria Ortiz to Diaz-Pizarro in Syracuse.
On July 31, 2012, investigators executed a search warrant at Juan Correa's residence and recovered over two and a half ounces of cocaine. Investigators discovered Nelson Olacio was supplying Correa heroin and investigators kept going up the chain to discover Olacio had multiple suppliers from the New York City area, including Felix Sicard, Gregorio Burgos and Hosman Silfrido Guerrero Pavon.
"The combined efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement have delivered a significant blow to the cocaine trade in Central New York," said New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico. "Our streets are now safer with these individuals taken into custody. The coordination and cooperation of the agencies involved resulted in arrests that will severely impact the ability of this drug operation to function. Today's events send a strong message to dealers throughout the region that we will not tolerate drugs being brought into, or sold in our communities."
Those charged in today's indictment include:
Karnoddrick Anderson, Watertown
Gregorio Burgos, New York City
Alexis Carrasquillo, Syracuse
Marciano Cirino, Syracuse
Juan Correa, Syracuse
Kamar Davidson, New York City
Julio Dejesus Matos, Florida
Elias Diaz-Pizarro, Syracuse
Jose Encarnacion, Syracuse
Deanna Gladle, Syracuse
Joel Gonzalez, Syracuse
Hosman Silfrido Guerrero Pavon, New York City
Jose Jurado, Connecticut
Joseph Leible, Syracuse
Alexandro Mercado Guadalupe, Puerto Rico
Kellon Noel, New York City
Nelson Olacio, Syracuse
Angel Ortiz, Syracuse
Maria Ortiz, Connecticut
Ernesto Rivera, Syracuse
Felix Sicard, New York City
Christopher Wilson, Watertown
Colby Worlds, Watertown