7 Who ‘Sold Deadly Drugs’ in Hudson Valley Indicted
Seven Hudson Valley residents who are accused of selling heroin and more in the area were arrested.
On Wednesday, four Ellenville residents were arrested for allegedly selling large amounts of crack cocaine in the Ellenville area as charged in an indictment returned last week by a federal grand jury. Three other Ulster County residents charged in the same indictment were arrested in December 2018 and January 2019, officials say.
“Our efforts to protect our communities from drug dealers who peddle poison rely on teamwork. Thanks to federal, state, and local law enforcement cooperation, a group that sold deadly drugs in the Ellenville area will now be held accountable in the courts," United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith said.
Antonio Naveo, Margaret Vandyke, Iqwan Mandiville, Luis Curet, Jennifer McCombs, Randy Mandiville and Edwin Jorge, all Ellenville, were all charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute controlled substances, including crack cocaine and heroin mixed with fentanyl.
Naveo, who was considered the ringleader, was also charged with unlawful possession of a Mossberg shotgun as a previously convicted felon.
“Naveo and his crew monopolized the drug game in the town of Ellenville and sold deadly fentanyl-laced drugs, showing little regard for the life of users,” said Angel M. Melendez, Special Agent in Charge of HSI New York. “Relying on his criminal reputation, he intimidated any would-be competitors to remain the only game in town. Today’s arrests rid Ellenville of the organization that polluted their communities with dangerous drugs, and reflects HSI’s commitment to work closely with the URGENT partners.”
In coordination with the federal arrests, the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting an additional 15 people who were arrested for allegedly selling drugs in Ellenville.
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