The state attorney general announced Tuesday that 23 people, including at least three Watertown residents, have been indicted on charges alleging they took part in a cocaine-trafficking ring that brought the drug to Central and Northern New York.
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said the 69-count indictment, unsealed in Onondaga County Court, Syracuse, contains charges of first-, second- and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, as well as criminal possession of a controlled substance in the same degrees and second-degree conspiracy. Fifteen of the 23 people named in the indictment had been taken into custody as of Tuesday afternoon, a spokeswoman for Mr. Schneiderman said.
According to his office, at least three people charged in the indictment Karnoddrick Anderson, Christopher Wilson and Colby Worlds are Watertown residents. Further identifying information, including ages and addresses, was not available.
Mr. Schneiderman said in a prepared statement that the network transported cocaine from Puerto Rico, Arizona and the New York City area for distribution in Watertown and Syracuse. It also is alleged that the defendants transported heroin from New York City to Syracuse. In all, the attorney generals office seized more than 6 kilograms of cocaine and about 6 ounces of heroin.
Multiagency investigations like this one help to bring down dangerous drug rings, get violent criminals off the street and protect our neighborhoods from the drug epidemic, Mr. Schneiderman said.
According to the indictment, Mr. Wilson is alleged to have possessed cocaine with the intent to sell the drug in Watertown in March 2012 and conspired with Mr. Anderson to possess the drug. It also is alleged that Mr. Wilson sold the drug to an unidentified female in Watertown. The indictment alleges several drug sales on the part of Mr. Worlds in Syracuse.
The indictment also contains allegations that two men identified as Kellon Noel and Kamar Davidson, both of New York City, supplied cocaine to Mr. Wilson, with Mr. Wilson then allegedly supplying the drug to Mr. Anderson. It further is alleged that Mr. Noel and Mr. Davidson possessed more than 8 ounces of cocaine in Sandy Creek in March 2012.