ALBANY, N.Y.—Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the charges of 25 people involved in a drug ring Tuesday.
The drug ring allegedly distributed heroin, cocaine, and illegal prescription medications, including Hydrocodone, Xanax, Ecstasy, and morphine between New York City and the Capital Region, along with other upstate counties.
“This investigation has shut down a major drug network allegedly responsible for the sale of hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal drugs in our neighborhoods, and we will continue to put drug traffickers and kingpins behind bars, where they belong,” said Attorney General Schneiderman.
Wiretaps obtained in the course of the investigation revealed that the traffickers used secret code words to discuss their drug activities. For example, powder cocaine was referred to as “Christina Aguilera” while crack cocaine was “Britney.”
After a search warrant was executed in the home of one defendant, two of his daughters were present in a house full of cocaine located in plain view.
The following have been charged with different accounts, including Criminal Sale and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance (class A, B, C, D felonies), Conspiracy in the second degree, and Operating as a Major Trafficker:
The Defendant charged as a Major Trafficker:
Christopher Massey, 36, of Albany, NY
David Alpy, 20, of Mechanicville
John Carl, 44, of Waterford
Gina Carpenter, 35, of, Waterford
John Darkins, 37, of, Albany
Christine Gillard, 50, of Troy
Roger Hanna, 44, of Waterford
Rocksheen Lewis, 37, of Troy
Charles Liggins, 34, of Albany
Deanna Mccargo, 28, of Albany
William Middleton, 26, of Schenectady
Timothy Moore, 43, of Amsterdam
Javon Moshier, 18, of Albany
Cory Pinkney, 37, of New York City
Shavisa Pointer, 29, of Albany
Hassan Richardson, 27, of Troy
Lavar Richardson, 33, of Troy
Sarah Romano, 32, of Watervliet
Daniel Smith, 29, of Mechanicville
Valerie Stubbs, 43, of Albany
Rayshawn Tibbs, 35, of Albany
Jeffrey Turner, 43, of Albany
Phyllis Walker, 52, of Troy
Medina White, 37, of Albany
Ricky Wilson, 27 of Albany