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Drug ring busted in Sullivan

Thousands of dollars in cash was seized in the arrests.

March 11, 2016

Some 27 people were arrested as local, state and federal authorities apprehended subjects who are accused of distributing heroin and cocaine and other drugs in Sullivan County.

At a press conference at the Sullivan County courthouse on March 11, Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell said the amount of drugs was significant.

Farrel said, "These drugs destroy lives, they rip apart families, and they fuel a cycle of violence in our communities that threatens our safety and security."

He said the investigation involved two separate conspiracies. David Valazquez was the head of one; Adrian Phillip was the head of the other.

Farrell said at the Valazquez residence, officials seized 300 grams of cocaine and 200 grams of heroin, a loaded handgun, and $50,000 in cash. If he is convicted on all the charges he faces he could receive 25 years in prison.

At the Phillips residence, officers seized 538 grams -- about half a kilogram -- of cocaine, and he could potentially face life in prison.

Farrell stressed several times that the arrests were the result of teamwork between multiple agencies, and those included The New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office, FBI Safe Streets Task Force, City of Middletown Police Department, Town of Fallsburg Police Department, Village of Monticello Police Department, Village of Liberty Police Department and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office.

The drug problem in Sullivan County and the country at this point has reached epidemic proportions, and Farrell said the battle against these kind of distribution organizations would continue. He said, "Folks are on notice, if you engage in this behavior, you are going to be investigated, you are going to be apprehended, you are going to be, you are going to be held to account.

Those arrested on March 9 and 10, 2016:

Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (3 counts),
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 1st degree,
Conspiracy 2nd degree
Conspiracy 4th degree (2 counts),
Tampering with Evidence,
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree

Conspiracy in the Second Degree

Conspiracy 2nd degree
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree

Conspiracy 2nd degree
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree (6 counts)
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (1 count)
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree