31 charged in second major drug bust in Upstate NY

WSYR-TV - New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that 31 people have been charged with distributing “massive quantities of heroin” across the state.

This is the second major drug bust in recent weeks. In the last week of April, 52 people were arrested after a 12-month investigation into drug trafficking – including 30 alleged members of Syracuse’s Bricktown Gang. 

The arrests stem from a five-month investigation into a drug network that was allegedly conducting illicit activities on the streets in the Finger Lakes region.

“Today’s arrests should send the message to those terrorizing and dealing death in our communities: we will find you and prosecute you,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “My office has taken on the devastating heroin and opioid abuse epidemic through a multi-faceted approach, including our S.U.R.G.E Initiative – using every tool at our disposal to crack down on the complex, violent heroin and opioid distribution networks. This epidemic has shattered families and taken far too many lives already, and I am committed to doing everything in my power to hold those responsible accountable.”

The 217-count indictment charges 31 people with various conspiracy, criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance charges.

The alleged heroin trafficking started in New York City and moved throughout the Finger Lakes, the Bronx, Queens, Tioga and Tompkins Counties.

The following people were arrested in connection with the bust:

  • Joseph Besemer, 34 years old, of Newfield, NY
  • Shaylee Bisgrove, 24 years old, of Ithaca, NY
  • Destiny Boda, 25 years old, of Ithaca, NY
  • Lynn Boda, 50 years old, of Ithaca, NY
  • Myia Boda, 31 years old, of Ithaca, NY
  • Corey Bond, 31 years old, of Ithaca, NY
  • Stormie Coyne, 39 years old, of Ithaca, NY
  • Katie Crapo, 28 years old, of Odessa, NY
  • Michael Dawson, 26 years old, of Willseyville, NY
  • Arthur Erskine, 40 years old, of Ithaca, NY
  • Erica Farrell, 32 years old, of Candor, NY
  • Dioremi Feliz, 36 years old, of New York, New York
  • Brittany Ford, 28 years old, of Bronx, NY
  • Shanakia Gray, 34 years old, of Newfield, NY
  • Zachary Kelly, 32 years old, of Bronx, NY
  • Yvette King, 40 years old, of Lansing, NY
  • Zavierus King, 22 years old, of Lansing, NY
  • Johnny Lee, 37 years old, of Ithaca, NY
  • Angelo LeGrande, 42 years old, of Ithaca, NY
  • Jerica Luoma, 28 years old, of Ithaca, NY
  • Eric MacDonald, 32 years old, of Candor, NY
  • Dustin Myers, 29 years old, of Ithaca, NY
  • Jose Polanco, 38 years old, of New York, NY
  • Devon Rose, 19 years old, of Willseyville, NY
  • Branden Schmeltz, 22 years old, of Spencer, NY
  • Nicole Spence, 43 years old, of Ithaca, NY
  • Aylah Stewart-Boda, 25 years old, of Ithaca, NY
  • Brandon Stone, 26 years old, of Candor, NY
  • Savanna Washington, 26 years old, of Candor, NY
  • Justin Westbrook, 25 years old, of Spencer, NY
  • Joseph White, 26 years old, of Cortland, NY
     

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