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Drug ring busted in Sullivan

Thousands of dollars in cash was seized in the arrests.


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:

1. ADRIAN PHILLIP, 32
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

2. TRICIA PHILLIP, 33
Conspiracy in the Second Degree

3. ALICIA HEALY, 30
Conspiracy 2nd degree
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree

4. DAVID VELAZQUEZ, 38
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

5. JONATHAN BLIK, 44
Conspiracy 2nd degree
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 4th degree
Criminal use of drug paraphernalia 2nd degree (2 counts)

6. JOSE MARTE, 48
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree
Conspiracy 2nd degree
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree-
Intent to Sell (2 counts)
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree

7. ALBERTO CONDE, 30
Conspiracy 2nd Degree

8. TRAVIS DAVIS, 26
Conspiracy 2nd degree
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree Intent to Sell
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th degree

9. MATTHEW WIGGINS, 34
Conspiracy 2nd degree

10. KUSAR VEREEN, 35
Conspiracy 2nd degree

11. RICHARD HAND, 27
Conspiracy 2nd degree

12. ANTIONE SMITH, 27
Conspiracy 2nd degree
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th degree

13. STEVEN BOYNTON, 35
Conspiracy 2nd degree

14. MARIA GODINEAUX, 56
Conspiracy 2nd degree

15. SHARESSE DUNCAN, 35
Conspiracy 2nd degree

16. KIMYATTA VALREE, 37
Conspiracy 2nd degree
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree

17. WILLIAM VANDERPLOEG, 33
Conspiracy 2nd degree
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree

18. ROBERT BALLARD, 45
Conspiracy 2nd degree
Conspiracy 4th degree

19. GEORGE THOMPSON, 45
Conspiracy 4th degree

20. DEBORAH FOSTER, 52
Conspiracy 2nd degree

21. THOMAS JOHNSON, 66
Conspiracy 2nd degree
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree

22. BECKY MITCHELL, 26
Conspiracy 4th degree

23. MICHAEL WHIPPLE, 26
Conspiracy 4th degree

24. SIMONA BALLARD, 43
Conspiracy 2nd degree

25. EARL IVORY, 40
Conspiracy 2nd degree
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th degree
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree
Unlawful Possession of Marijuana
Conspiracy in the Second Degree

26. FLORENCIO TORRES, 40
Criminal Sale of Controlled Substance 2nd degree
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th degree
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree
Criminal Mischief 3rd degree
Criminal Possession Marijuana 2nd degree

27. DEURIA FIELDS- KERCADO, 38
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st degree