32 people charged in "Operation Crazy Train"

Created: 05/01/2014 2:02 PM WHEC.com

Cracking down on heroin abuse -- New York’s attorney general says more than 30 people in have been indicted on charges. They are accused of being part of large-scale drug rings and flooding western New York with heroin and cocaine.

The arrests are part of a 13-month investigation known as "Operation Crazy Train." It's led by the attorney general's organized crime task force and the New York State Police. It included hidden surveillance and hundreds of hours of wiretaps and over the course of the investigation, authorities seized nearly $1-million worth of heroin, several hundred thousand dollars worth of cocaine and tens of thousands of dollars in cash.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said, "Heroin has become one of the deadliest forces attacking communities across New York and the country. Takedowns like this one strike a significant blow to the criminal element of narcotics trafficking, particularly across Western New York. However, to protect our communities from the heroin scourge, we must wage war on several different fronts - by equipping our law enforcement officers with antidotes to overdoses and cracking down on prescription drug abuse to stem heroin addiction before it starts."
New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico said, "The arrests of these individuals today will have a significant impact on the heroin and drug trade in Western New York. Make no mistake: when it comes to identifying, locating and arresting individuals who chose to engage in this criminal behavior, we will be diligent, and we will use every resource available to shut down these drug operations and make our communities safer. It is the combined efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement working together that has made these arrests possible."

According to the allegations, the suspects went to extreme lengths to communicate in code to go undetected by law enforcement agencies. According to officials in one instance, one suspect was recorded asking another person to give him a “Reggie Miller” – a request to purchase 31 grams of cocaine using a reference to the jersey of former NBC player Reggie Miller. Officials say the suspects also hid drugs in furniture to transport it from place to place.

Those charged in the indictment are:
Jeffrey Acevedo - Buffalo
Eligio Adames - Rochester
Jerry Alvarez - Buffalo
Jose Alvarez - Rochester
Edwin Cruz- Buffalo
Jason Figueroa - Rochester
Jose Gautier - Buffalo
Christian Gonzalez - Rochester
Randell Gonzalez - Greece
Antwan Hines - Rochester
Mercedes Hughes - Buffalo
Robert Jackson - Buffalo
Phillip Lagares - Rochester
Eddison Lantigua - Queens
Nelson Marcial - Rochester
Carlos Martinez - Buffalo
Luis Martinez - Rochester
Francis Medina-Torres - Lawrence, Ma
Angel L. Melendez - Rochester
Bryan Moore - Jamestown
Jomian Olivo-Perez - Rochester
Jakeline Ortiz - Rochester
Victor Oyola, A/K/A Jose Gomez Price - Lawrence, Ma
Martha Padua - Rochester
Reinaldo Rodriguez - Rochester
Santos Rodriguez - Rochester
Jose Roman - Rochester
Nydia Romero - Rochester
Franklin Suero-Pena - Lehigh, Pa
Tomas Suero - Bronx
Ricardo Vazquez - Rochester
William J. Vazquez - Rochester

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