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11 Charged For Selling Large Amounts of Cocaine In Orange County

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Eleven are accused of selling large amounts of cocaine in Orange County over a three-year period.

On Wednesday, indictments were unsealed in Southern District of New York Court charging 10 members of two drug trafficking organizations based in Orange County with conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Additionally, another member was arrested on separate complaints.

 

“The narcotics charges brought today strike at the heart of an entrenched group of alleged drug dealers operating out of Newburgh and the surrounding areas of Orange County,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara stated. “With today’s charges, made possible by the outstanding work of the FBI, ICE HSI, and our state and local law enforcement partners, we seek to help stem the flow of cocaine in Orange County.”

Rigoberto Diaz, Jairo Esquivias, Juan Romero, Saul Garzon, Andres Rios and Juan Sanchez Perez are accused of selling cocaine in Newburgh and other parts of Orange County from 2013 to September 2016.

Adan Solis-Teyo, Christopher Pool, Luis Sanchez, and Luis Mejia, aka Miguel Contreras, allegedly sold cocaine in and around the City of Newburgh from 2014 until February 2017.

All 10 were charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams and more of cocaine.

In a coordinated operation by federal, state, and local law enforcement eight were arrested in Orange County and the Bronx Wednesday. Solis-Teyo and Mejia remain at large.

On Saturday, William Perelda was arrested for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams and more of cocaine and five counts of distribution of cocaine, based on alleged sales of cocaine to a cooperating witness.

“With many of the individuals arrested today facing up to 40 years in prison if convicted, we have sent a clear message to drug dealers in Orange County that they should immediately seek other employment,” HSI Special Agent-in-Charge Angel Melendez said.

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