14 indicted in massive Philly-Rochester heroin trafficking ring

Two of the hundreds of decks of heroin seized in one of three raids in Rochester (13WHAM News)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Fourteen suspects have been indicted for a heroin trafficking ring that ran drugs from Philadelphia to Rochester.

U.S. Attorney William Hochul, Jr. announced the charges at a news conference Thursday afternoon, standing with several other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies at the Keating Federal Building on State Street in Rochester.

A total of 13 people were arrested in a series of raids. One additional suspect, Omar Latson, remains at large.

Ten of the suspects are from Rochester. Their names are:

  • Damon Montgomery
  • Herbert Montgomery
  • Paris Montgomery
  • Frank Figueroa
  • James Washington
  • Jonathan Figueroa
  • Johnnie Balkman
  • Robert Cochran
  • Laron Perkins
  • DeShawnra Williams

Jerome Randolph, aka "May", David Haynes and Edwin Rodriguez - all of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - were also arrested.

A total of 22,713 decks of heroin were seized, along with $93,399 in cash and nine firearms. The suspects were said to be trafficking 5,000 decks of heroin per week in Rochester alone.

Police conducted raids at 447 Thurston Rd. Apts. 304 and 316, 440 Thurston Rd. Apt. 108, 11 Karnes Street,89 Angle Street, 97 Michigan Street, and 31 Canary Street in Rochester.

"The seizures of heroin made in connection with this law enforcement operation represent some of the largest in recent memory," Hochul said Thursday.

A group in Philadelphia supplied large quantities of heroin and drug proceeds between the city and Rochester. Pre-packaged and pre-stamped heroin were transported to Rochester in vehicles with hidden compartments.

All suspects in the indictment are charged with possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of controlled substances, conspiracy and attempt to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, controlled substances, use of a communication facility in furtherance of a controlled substance felony, money laundering and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Each suspect faces a maximum of life in prison, a $10 million fine, or both.

The ATF, FBI, DEA and Rochester Police Department have been working together to investigate the case.


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