Wednesday, February 14, 2018




Latest Orange County drug sweep nets 16 arrests, a lot of drugs

TOWN OF NEWBURGH – Federal, state and local authorities converged on a residence on New Road in the Town of Newburgh Tuesday morning arresting 16 people on drug-related charges. They were charged in a 172-count indictment charging them with being a violent gang trafficking narcotics – selling heroin and cocaine – in Newburgh and other areas of Orange County.






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The sweep, dubbed “Operation Yellow Brick Road,” was led by State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman with the assistance of Newburgh City Police and several other agencies.

“Working with our local and federal partners our team deployed every tool in our tool box to uncover and dismantle this drug ring,” Schneiderman said. “We made extensive use of wiretaps, hidden cameras, and surveillance, GPS devices, physical surveillance; we had undercover agents and cooperating witnesses.”

Police converge on the scene (photo: Bob McCormick)

Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler noted it was a joint effect by cooperating agencies.

“We shared resources, we shared undercover officers, we shared with the labors to bring this case to fruition because public safety is what is important,” Hoovler said.

When officers raided the stash house in the Town of Newburgh Tuesday, they seized heroin, one kilogram of methamphetamine, 40 pounds of marijuana, at least $36,000 in cash, three handguns, one shotgun and one sawed-off shotgun.

Participating in the raid were City of Newburgh Police, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, State Attorney General’s Office, ATF, the Orange County Drug Task Force and Sheriff’s Office.

Each suspect faces up to 25 years in prison.



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