Remarks Prepared for Delivery by ADIC Diego G. Rodriguez
We’re here today to let the good people of Sullivan County know their streets are safe, their families are safer, and we’re one step closer to eliminating the drugs and violence that threaten the future and stability of their community.
Today’s charges describe an alleged conspiracy to distribute crack and heroin in and around Monticello and other locations in Sullivan County. The defendants allegedly used and carried firearms while dealing illegal substances.
Some are alleged to have received guns as payment for drug distribution. Others are charged with maintaining this conspiracy from behind the very bars meant to hold them accountable for other crimes.
Infecting our neighborhoods with drugs peddled by criminals who arm their sales force with guns is a violent and dangerous combination.
Today, the FBI and our partners have significantly disrupted the intentions of those whose actions contribute to the breakdown of a lawful society. While we have more work to do, this operation was a giant step in the right direction.
Many thanks, as always, to our partners in this and so many investigations: U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara; White Plains Chiefs Mimi Rocah and Perry Carbone; Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael Gerber, Max Nicholas, Won Shin, and Jennifer Beidel; the New York State Police, Troop F; Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office; Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office; U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Village of Monticello Police Department; Village of South Fallsburgh Police Department; and Village of Liberty Police Department.
I would also like to thank and congratulate the investigative team that worked together on this case: New York State Police Investigator William Young, FBI Special Agent Lyonel Myrthil, and Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Felipe Orengo for their work on this important investigation.