Feds charge 10 people as part of Orange County cocaine operation

One of the accused allegedly sold cocaine throughout Monroe since March 2014


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  • Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse Federal prosecutors have charged 10 people with drug-related crimes as part of two drug trafficking organizations accused of distributing cocaine in the Bronx, Newburgh and Monroe. One of the accused arrested on Feb. 11 and charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine in Monroe.



BY ERIKA NORTON

Federal prosecutors have charged 10 people with drug-related crimes as part of two drug trafficking organizations accused of distributing cocaine in the Bronx, Newburgh and Monroe.

One of the accused, William Peralda, was charged by complaint and arrested on Feb. 11, charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine in Monroe.

Eight of the defendants have been arrested through the efforts of the FBI Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force.

“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 said in a statement. “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.”

Investigation begins in 2014In an affidavit, an FBI special agent said that the FBI had been investigating members of a drug trafficking organization selling cocaine in Newburgh and Monroe since 2014.

He described how a confidential informant, who was charged with narcotics trafficking in September 2016, helped the FBI by purchasing cocaine several times from Peralda between March 2014 and September 2016, leading to his arrest of Peralda.

At Walmart, Wendy's Woodbury CommonThe informant met with Peralda at several locations throughout Monroe, including the Wendy’s parking lot, near the Monroe Walmart, the Route 32 Mobil gas station, and locations within the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, including the parking lot of the Levi’s store and the parking garage. Several transactions were for 150 grams of cocaine in exchange for $3,000.

Peralda is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams and more of cocaine, a charge with a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison.

He is also charged with five counts of distribution of cocaine based on sales of cocaine to the confidential informant, each with a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison.

“These arrests prove once again that agencies cooperating with each other benefit the communities they serve,” Orange County Sheriff Carl E. DuBois said in a statement. “The FBI Safe Streets Task Force has been instrumental in dismantling drug networks in the Hudson Valley area, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office is proud to participate with and support the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s office and other participating agencies.”

Bharara praised the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, the New York State Police, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the City of Newburgh Police Department and the Village of Port Chester Police Department for their work in bringing the changes.


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