Albany-based drug trafficking ring busted

Albany-based drug trafficking ring busted

September 12, 2019 01:07 PM

Nearly 20 people are arrested in connection with an Albany-based drug-trafficking ring.

The attorney general's office says the suspects moved drugs from the Bronx and Manhattan, distributing heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine in Albany and throughout New York state.


Investigators say they seized around 300 grams of crack and powder cocaine, 5.5 grams of bulk heroin, five bundles of heroin, 10 bundles of fentanyl, a handgun, three high-capacity magazines, and many rounds of ammo.

It was part of a 10-month investigation called "Operation Bug Out."

The following people are charged:

Keithley Barthley, a/k/a "Omar," 28 years old; Manhattan, NY 

Lamont Barthley, 60 years old; Albany, NY 

Gregory Chambers, 64 years old; Albany, NY 

Kim Chambers, a/k/a "Dred," 58 years old; Watervliet, NY 

Peggy Dennis, 50 years old; Albany, NY                                          

Shirley Dorsainville, 36 years old; Albany, NY        

Queschaud Edmonds, a/k/a "Ricky," 26 years old; Troy, NY 

Kenneth Hammond, a/k/a "KB," 52 years old; Albany, NY  

Tyshon Harris, a/k/a "Bugs," a/k/a "Buggy," 41 years old; Albany, NY                              

Mark Morby, 47 years old; Glenmont, NY 

Kurt Morris, a/k/a "Bear," 48 years old; Albany, NY                        

Christopher Mott, 46 years old; Albany, NY 

Meagan Ploof, 26 years old; Albany, NY 

Pedro Santana, 56 years old; Albany, NY 

Lynn Sherman, 61 years old; Albany, NY 

Amir Stevens, a/k/a "A-Dot," 29 years old; Menands, NY 

Jonathon Thomas, 46 years old; Halfmoon, NY 

Anthony Williams, a/k/a "Jamel Williams," 55 years old; Bronx, NY 

18 year old – name withheld

Williams is facing charges related to gun sales, but not the drug trafficking itself.

The Attorney General's Office says this is part of their SURGE or Suburban and Upstate Response to the Growing Epidemic initiative, which since 2017 has taken 506 alleged traffickers off the streets.


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