ALBANY, N.Y. -- Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the 112 year sentence imposed on convicted drug runner Michael Williams in Albany County Court Wednesday.
Williams is the first of three men convicted of 45 felonies by a jury in a 12 week trial that ended in May. One of the men, Guy Anderson, the leader of the gang, was convicted of multiple drug-related offenses, including one count of operating as Major Drug Trafficker, which carries a mandatory life sentence. Williams, 27, was sentenced for his role in the cocaine and heroin distribution activities of the drug running organization.
"Far too many neighborhoods across the state are being destroyed by drugs. My office, in collaboration with law enforcement, is working to keep our streets safer and convict drug traffickers who plague our communities," Attorney General Schneiderman said. "We will continue to work with our partners around the state to eliminate violent criminal enterprises like this one. Our communities will be safer with these leaders behind bars."
The guilty verdicts were the result of an 18-month joint investigation by the Attorney General's Organized Crime Task Force, the New York State Police and the Albany Police Department. The three men were charged along with 49 other members of this violent narcotics network who distributed massive quantities of cocaine, heroin and various illegal prescription medications, including Hydrocodone, Oxycodone and Percocet. The operation transported drugs from New York City to areas throughout the Capital Region, as well as Greene, Orange, Renssealer, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Ulster and Warren Counties. They also operated in the State of Vermont. The vast majority of the other co-defendants previously pled guilty in the case.
Williams was found guilty of Conspiracy in the Second Degree and 16 other counts.
The investigation was code-named "OGK," based on the affiliation of some of the defendants, with a home grown Albany-based street gang called the Original Gangsta Killas. The investigation further revealed that Michael Williams was affiliated with the Bloods, another street gang present in the City of Albany.