Breaking News: 48 Arrested in Major Drug Bust in Rochester, NY

In a significant operation targeting drug and gun possession as well as drug sales, the New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced the arrest of 48 individuals in the Rochester region. These arrests were part of a major takedown of a drug trafficking ring, with the individuals facing a total of 177 charges.

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The Seized Contraband

During the investigation, which focused on Monroe, Ontario, and Wayne counties, law enforcement seized over 10 kilograms of fentanyl, over 10 kilograms of cocaine, and a quarter pound of heroin. The street value of these substances amounts to more than $9 million. Additionally, authorities confiscated 19 illegal firearms, including assault-style weapons and handguns, as well as ghost guns. A substantial sum of $440,000 in cash was also seized.

The Roots of the Investigation

The investigation began over two years ago in Wayne County, with the focus on two brothers, Michael Danzey (38) and Terrance Raggs (45) from Sodus, who were allegedly involved in narcotics distribution. One of the brothers, facing assault and attempted murder charges, was also accused of shooting and injuring someone he believed had stolen from him, according to Letitia James.

Additional Arrests and Operations

Among the arrested individuals were Luis Rivera (66), a Rochester father, and his three adult sons, who are accused of selling heroin and laundering over $100,000. They allegedly operated from an apartment building in Rochester, where the eldest son worked as the building superintendent. Another significant hub for drug sales was discovered on Avenue D in Rochester, indicating an intricate network spanning multiple counties.

Geographic Impact and Positive Response

Monroe County Executive Adam Bello emphasized that the drug problem transcends geographical boundaries, affecting various neighborhoods, towns, and counties, extending into the Finger Lakes region. Wayne County Sheriff Robert Milby expressed his satisfaction with the arrests, stating that the quality of life in western New York has significantly improved as a result.

Charges and Opioid Crisis

The individuals arrested, ranging in age from 24 to 76, face multiple felonies, including criminal sale and possession of controlled substances, as well as conspiracy charges. Attorney General Letitia James highlighted the alarming opioid crisis in the region, with 1,297 reported overdoses and 114 deaths in Monroe County alone this year.

The successful drug bust in Rochester, NY, resulted in the arrest of 48 individuals involved in a major drug trafficking ring. Law enforcement seized substantial quantities of fentanyl, cocaine, heroin, illegal firearms, and a significant amount of cash. The operation is expected to have a positive impact on the region’s safety and quality of life. Authorities remain committed to combating the opioid crisis and ensuring the well-being of communities affected by drug-related issues.

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