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11 Charged With Distributing Narcotics After Westchester Raid

FBI and members of the Greenburgh Police Drug and Alcohol Task Force busted 11 people involved in a crack cocaine distribution ring.
FBI and members of the Greenburgh Police Drug and Alcohol Task Force busted 11 people involved in a crack cocaine distribution ring. Photo Credit: Pixabay

Eleven suspects are facing charges for allegedly distributing crack cocaine in and around Westchester County.

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman announced that 11 people had been charged with narcotics distribution offenses in White Plains federal court.

On Thursday, Sept. 19, the FBI and members of the Greenburgh Drug and Alcohol Task Force searched properties in Greenburgh and the Bronx as part of an ongoing investigation into the crack cocaine ring, which has been ongoing since at least 2018.

It is alleged that from 2018 through this month, Randy Sargeant, Kelvin Ganpat, Jeancarlos Laureano, Christopher Martinez, Howard Meredith, William Brito, Amanda Coppola, Jamaal Peters, Bert Hickson, Christine Morrison, and Crystal Martinez conspired to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine.

"The outstanding work of our law enforcement partners on the FBI Westchester County Safe Streets Task Force should give the community peace of mind that we are working every day to make their lives safer," FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. said. "These groups pushing illegal drugs create chaos and violence which put innocent people at risk. Our work going after these criminals won’t stop.”

Greenburgh Police Chief Brian Ryan added, "I would like to state my appreciation for this outstanding example of what can be achieved when local and federal law enforcement agencies collaborate to maximize our efforts in battling drug trafficking in our communities. We are committed to maintaining our partnerships with all our law enforcement partners and staying vigilant in our efforts to keep our communities safe.”

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