Capital District Drug Enforcement Task Force Dismantles Schenectady based Cocaine Distribution Network
AUG 10 -- Glenn T. Suddaby, United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York and Anthony P. Placido, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Office today announced that a federal grand jury for the Northern District of New York in Albany has charged eleven individuals in a nine count indictment with conspiracy to distribute cocaine from New York City to Schenectady and elsewhere between August 2003 and June 2004 and also charged nine of the defendants with the substantive charges of distribution of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine on various days between January 2004 and June 2004. The maximum possible penalty is life imprisonment and a fine of $4,000,000.00, with a statutory minimum penalty of imprisonment for 10 years.
Defendants, Affis Cruz, Santiago Castillo, Kenneth Gibson and Christopher Restifo appeared before United States Magistrate Judge David R. Homer in Albany on August 4, 2004. The defendants, Redmond McKinnon, John E. Howard, III, Roland Riggins, Williams Pendelton, Glenn Smith Jr. and Daniel Williams appeared before Judge Homer on June 9, 2004. McKinnon, Riggins. Pendelton, Smith, Williams, Cruz and Santiago are being detained without bail. Gibson and Restifo have detention hearings scheduled before Judge Homer on August 5, 2004.
An indictment is merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. Assistant U.S. Attorney Terrence Kelly at (518) 431-0247
The addresses and dates of birth:
William J. Pendelton, 56A West Street, Ballston Spa, New York
Daniel Williams, 544 North Brandywine Avenue, Schenectady, New York
Roland J. Riggins, 829 Salina Street, Schenectady, New York
Glenn Smith, Jr, 202 Furman Street, Schenectady, New York
Affis Cruz, 511 West 135th Street, Apt. 3D, New York, New York
Santiago Castillo, 1580 West Glover Street, Bronx, New York
Kenneth Gibson, 152 Maple Avenue, Scotia, New York
Christopher Restifo, 198 Marriott Avenue, Schenectady, New York