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September 20, 2018

Mexico Woman Nabbed in Huge Regional Drug Bust


Kassandra Whitney, in a mugshot released by the New York State Attorney General's Office.

Kassandra Whitney, in a mugshot released by the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

A woman from Mexico is among 39 people sought and arrested as prosecutors and police broke up what they described as a major cocaine distribution network.

Kassandra Whitney, 52, of 188 Cole Rd., Mexico is charged with conspiracy and attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Police fanned out Wednesday morning before dawn to round up people named in three indictments.  Officials and documents describe a multi-level distribution network that brought drugs from Buffalo and New York City into Syracuse and Cortland, where it was then parceled out to street-level dealers across Central New York and the North Country.

“These are people moving very significant quantities of dangerous drugs into our communities,” said New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in a video news release.

The nine-month investigation used surveillance and wiretaps to assemble evidence, the Attorney General’s office said.

Whitney is named in one of the three indictments.

Some of the cocaine seized by police during the series of raids.  Provided by the New York State Attorney General's Office.

Some of the cocaine seized by police during the series of raids. Provided by the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

On May 25, 2012, the indictment alleges, Whitney had a “coded, guarded and cryptic telephone conversation” to order cocaine from Carlos Orta of Solvay, an alleged middleman in one of the three rings broken up Wednesday. ¬†Later that day, the indictment alleges, Whitney met Orta in Solvay to pick up cocaine.

Arraignments were continuing late in the day Wednesday in Cortland County and it’s unknown yet whether Whitney was arrested and arraigned.

The Oswego County Drug Task Force and the Oswego City Police Department participated in the operation, the Attorney General’s Office said.

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