Seventeen people charged with trafficking cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and prescription medications

Goshen. DA says among those charged is a man who sold narcotics that lead to the death of a Monroe woman who died of an overdose.

| 07 Jun 2021 | 10:47

Seventeen men and women were charged last week with crimes pertaining to the trafficking of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and prescription medications throughout Orange County.

The indictments are part of an enforcement action conducted by the Orange County Drug Task Force (OCDTF), who were assisted by the Village of Monroe Police Department, the City of Middletown Police Department, and the City of Newburgh Police Department.

Men and women, from 23 to 57

Eleven of the defendants were arrested and charged with crimes criminal sale an criminal possession of narcotics, including cocaine, heroin and fentanyl to undercover police officers. One defendant was charged with selling the prescription medication Adderall to an undercover police officer. All were released without.

The men and woman charged in the sting range in age from a 23-year-old Newburgh man to a 57-year-old woman from Middletown. In addition, the suspects come from Liberty and Montgomery and from New York City and Springfield Gardens in Queens.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office and OCDTF are seeking the public’s assistance in locating five defendants.

The origins of the case

On April 10, a suspected fatal overdose occurred in the Village of Monroe.

Responding Monroe Village Police officers found two unconscious individuals, a male and a female, and administered Narcan. The Narcan administered by those first responders was able to revive the male patient; however, it proved unsuccessful on the female patient.

Monroe Police notified the District Attorney’s Office and contacted the OCDTF for assistance. A few days later the female patient apparently succumbed to the effects of the overdose and was determined to have no brain activity by medical staff. An autopsy was performed by the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Subsequent investigation revealed that the narcotics that were consumed by the male and female had been purchased in the City of Newburgh.

According to information provided the District Attorney’s Office, Rashon Williams, 26, of Newburgh, is wanted on arrest warrants charging him with three counts of third-degree criminal sale of controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Felony complaints, filed in the City of Newburgh Court, allege that on April 9, Williams sold narcotics to the Village of Monroe man who had the Narcan administered to him, and that he shared those narcotics with the woman who subsequently died.

The District Attorney’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in the apprehension of Williams, whose street-name is “Marvelous.” Anyone having information should contact local law enforcement.

’A stark reminder’

Monroe Village Police Chief Darwin M. Guzman that the task force, the Sheriff’s Office and his detectives for their work during the investigation.

“I believe that this is a huge step moving forward to combat the crime of heroin and fentanyl sales in Orange County,” the chief said.

Meanwhile, District Attorney David Hoovler offered this assessmentL

“The death of this young woman is a stark reminder that we must respond to the spike in fatal overdoses in Orange County, and throughout New York State. Although bail may now be set in connection with any crime that results in a death, judges should have the ability to use their discretion in setting bail on those who sell narcotics, particularly potentially lethal ones such as fentanyl and heroin. The increase in fatal overdoses shows just how necessary these enforcement actions are.”

About the Orange County Drug Task Force.
Many of the drug purchases, and many of the arrests, were performed by the Orange County Drug Task Force.
The task force was created in 2015 and is run under the supervision of a senior criminal investigator from the District Attorney’s Office and a senior investigator from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
In addition to personnel from those agencies, the OCDTF is composed of police officers from other Orange County police departments. The OCDTF assists other agencies in conducting narcotics investigations, including undercover investigations. Some of those agencies have included police from City of Newburgh; the towns of Newburgh, Montgomery, New Windsor, Wallkill and Warwick; the villages of Monroe and Walden ; the U.S. Marshalls Fugitive Task Force; and the Hudson Valley Crime Analysis Center.
In 2019, legislation was enacted that limits the courts’ ability to set bail for offenses involving narcotics sales. In previous narcotics sweeps in Orange County some bail was set by the court for almost all defendants charged with selling narcotics.
Although the District Attorney’s Office has requested bail in every bail-eligible case, to date bail has not been set on any of the defendants that have been arrested in connection with the enforcement action.