September 27, 2012

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Heroin distribution ring broken up, 12 arrested in Poughkeepsie

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,” and “Bomb.”

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 substances.


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