Albany County’s community got a little safer last week after New York authorities indicted 25 people, alleging they were part of two narcotics drug rings that sold cocaine and heroin in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady and Washington counties. The March 18 indictments were the result of a 10-month investigation involving state and local law enforcement agencies.
The two drug rings, which officials say were loosely connected, included an operation run by a man who trafficked heroin from New Jersey to the greater Albany area and an operation run by a woman who trafficked cocaine from Brooklyn, Queens and Connecticut to upstate New York.
Suspected participants of the drug rings were arrested and charged the day after the indictments were handed up. Authorities also seized three guns, two ounces of crack cocaine and 100 bundles heroin during the arrests of the suspects. The indictments charge each of the defendants with conspiracy, which carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.
The large drug bust in Albany County symbolizes a small victory against New York’s heroin epidemic, which has been addressed by the state’s top officials including senators and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “A heroin epidemic is devastating families in every community across our state, from New York City to the smallest towns and villages,” Schneiderman said in a written statement. “[Last week’s] indictments strike a blow against those who are fueling this cycle of addiction and inflicting harm on far too many New Yorkers.”
The acknowledgement of the New York’s heroin problem likely means this won’t be the last indictment we see against drug traffickers in the state. The state has already shown it is not afraid to do whatever it takes to put an end to the rampant drug trade. It has gone as far as charging a law enforcement officer for allegedly tipping off a drug ring about a pending bust.
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