Four arrested, accused of running drug ring in Elmira

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Rochester, N.Y./Elmira, N.Y. – Four men are facing drug charges after prosecutors said they operated a narcotics ring in Elmira.

Robert Ian Thatcher, 29, Maximillian Sams, 30, Dwayne Banks, 29 and Carlito Rios, Jr., 30, have been charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute furanyl fentanyl and U-47700.

If convicted, the defendants could face up to 20 years in prison and fines.

Thatcher and Sams have also been charged with possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and Banks has been charged with intent to distribute, and distributing furanyl fentanyl.

Prosecutors said the defendants manufactured and distributed capsules containing furanyl fentanyl between late November of last year and May 16. The drugs were allegedly distributed in Elmira and stored in Sayre, Pennsylvania.

During the execution of search warrants of five locations in New York and Pennsylvania, prosecutors said 200 blue pills believed to contain illegal drugs were found, as well as guns and a bulletproof vest.

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