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POUGHKEEPSIE – A total of 12 people
are under arrest after a sweep in a heroin distribution ring in the City
of Poughkeepsie. Federal, state and local authorities swooped down on
several locations both Wednesday and Thursday and made the dozen arrests,
all of Poughkeepsie residents.
If convicted of federal charges of conspiracy to distribute controlled
substances, 11 of the suspects could receive live in prison while the
last could get 80 years in prison.
The ring was allegedly operating from a cell phone store at Main and Catharine
streets in the city which was “the epicenter of their dangerous,
destructive, and potentially lethal heroin operation,” said Manhattan
US Attorney Preet Bharara.
“Our intent is to send a clear message to criminals who engage in
such activity that we are not limited to local resources but have the
advantages of the combined efforts of the US Attorney’s Office,
the FBI and the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office,” said Poughkeepsie
Police Chief Ronald Knapp. They are all members of the Hudson Valley Safe
Streets Task Force, which has made similar arrests in the City of Newburgh
in the past.
It is alleged that from January 2011 through this September, the drug
trafficking organization distributed heroin in and around Poughkeepsie
in an operation coordinated from the cell phone store where they concealed
heroin, sold it to customers, and met with heroin customers to direct
them to other locations for drug transactions.
Shabari Fisher and Shateek Parker were identified as the leaders of the
ring called the Fisher Organization, The heroin was distributed with grand
names such as “True Religion,” Gucci,” “Rated
R,” “Red Bull,” Coors Light,” “Scarface,”
Arrested on charges of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances
were Shabari Fisher, 33; Shateek Parker, 28; Garen Fisher, 29; Shannon
Walker, 23; Tyrell Rudolph, 24; Steven Williams, 23; Rasheed Harrell,
25; Carlos Reyes, 20; Christian Parker, 21; Vaughn McKinney, 35; and Gary
Sessoms, 51. Tony Jarrett, 28, was charged with distribution of controlled