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Cocaine distribution ring smashed, 31 indicted, two charged in murder plot

ALBANY – A multi-agency narcotics crackdown that led to a 226-count indictment charging 31 defendants was announced on Tuesday.  The defendants are charged with distributing large quantities of cocaine throughout the Capital Region, including Albany, Schenectady and Rensselaer Counties, which they imported from New York City. Two of the defendants have also been charged with conspiracy to commit murder after wiretaps uncovered a murder plot.

"These networks created a pipeline of illegal drugs from New York City to the Capital Region that polluted our communities. Operation North Star shut down this massive criminal enterprise and stopped the flow of these dangerous narcotics,” said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “Because of the hard work of my office’s investigators, along with the State Police and Albany Police, we have gotten these violent drug dealers and distributors off the streets and into custody.”

As part of an operation code-named "Operation North Star," state and local law enforcement agents led by the New York State Attorney General's Organized Crime Task Force (OCTF), the Albany Police Department and the New York State Police, concluded an eleven-month investigation into this drug network that was conducting illicit activities on the streets of the Capital Region. During the investigation, police seized 1,982 grams of cocaine with an approximate street value of $200,000, more than $100,000 in cash that was generated through cocaine trafficking, three vehicles, a bulletproof vest, and a hand gun which were to be used in an imminent murder.

The handgun was seized as part of an effort on the part of the Attorney General’s Office, in conjunction with its other law enforcement partners, to thwart a plot to commit murder. As part of the 226 Count Indictment, Defendants Emerald Cancer, a/k/a "Sis,” a/k/a "Emmy,” a/k/a "E,” and Rondell Jackson, a/k/a "Diggity,” are alleged to have conspired to lure the intended victim of the murder plot, Santonieo Miller, Jr., a/k/a "Cool,” to a secluded location in order to shoot him. It is alleged that defendants Cancer and Jackson were intercepted over wiretapped telephone calls telling Miller to meet them at the secluded location. To get Miller to this location, he was told the meeting was to rob a third party. It is believed that the motive for the plot to kill Miller was drug related. Attorney General Schneiderman indicated that members of law enforcement were able to stop the murder, and to recover the gloves and the gun from the hiding place where the defendant had stashed it.