32 charged in double drug ring bust
Updated: Friday, May 2 2014, 08:02 AM EDT
Rochester, N.Y. -- New York state's Attorney General and the state police have announced the indictment of 32 people charged with operating two massive drug rings.
Nineteen suspects are from the Rochester/Greece area. Twenty-seven of the 32 charged have been arrested, so authorities are still searching for the other five.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D'Amico said nearly $1 million worth of heroin, several hundred thousand dollars worth of cocaine and tens of thousands of dollars in cash were seized.
Authorities think the drug distribution networks are related.
The 13-month investigation, known as "Operation Crazy Train," included covert surveillance and hundreds of hours of wiretaps.
Based on hundreds of hours of wiretaps obtained by authorities, it is alleged the suspects went to elaborate lengths to communicate with one another and with others via cellphones using codes and speaking in a cryptic manner.
They created a unique slang to allow them to conduct transactions while evading law enforcement detection. For example, as alleged Thursday in court, one defendant was recorded asking another defendant to give him "a Reggie Miller" -- a request to purchase 31 grams of a cocaine using an implied reference to the jersey number of former NBA player Reggie Miller.