Rockland drug sweep nets 28 arrests
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Rockland County authorities said they put a major dent in drug sales Wednesday when they charged 28 local residents, most of them repeat offenders, with selling a pharmacy's worth of narcotics throughout the county.
Using aliases like "Shrek" and "Triple D," the suspects brazenly sold the drugs in some of the county's most-frequented areas, including the Palisades Center Mall, authorities said. They sold opiates -- including heroin, oxycodone and Percocet -- as well as cocaine, ketamine, Ecstasy and marijuana, the Rockland County district attorney's office said.
Along with open-air drug transactions at the Palisades, the suspects allegedly sold to customers at the Thruway Plaza strip mall on Route 59 in Nanuet, and several locations in Suffern, Nyack and Haverstraw, according to cops and prosecutors.
Over a wide-ranging, four-month investigation, detectives from the Rockland County Drug Task Force and the district attorney's Street Crimes Unit teamed up with local police for surveillance details and warrant searches. In one example, detectives served a warrant on the New City home of 24-year-old Andrew Flores, where they found $14,000 in marijuana, ketamine and pills, including oxycodone and buprinorphine.
Of the 28 suspects, 24 have prior convictions, authorities said. One suspect, 49-year-old Wildredo Torres of Garnerville, who was identified as "a significant cocaine dealer in the Town of Haverstraw," has "a lengthy criminal record" that cops said includes charges for drug sales and possession, robbery and burglary.
"These long-term drug investigations arrests have been a collaborative and coordinated response to open-air drug dealing complaints from our residents," the county drug task force director, Christopher Goldrick, said in a statement.
Cops arrested Melanie Nelson, 35; Patrick Jean-Pierre, 44; Armando Zayas, 48; Diamond Dickerson, 35; and David Ward, 22, also known as "Triple D," all of Haverstraw. Also arrested was 35-year-old Nelson "Peachy" Sierra of West Haverstraw. They each face felony drug charges, including criminal sale and criminal possession of drugs ranging from opiates to cocaine.
Police arrested Paul Giddens, 32; John Davies, 55; and Henry Aguilar, 31, all of Spring Valley, on felony drug charges. They also arrested Theodore Hanaur, 38, also known as "Teddy"; Michael Taccariello, 20, also known as "Shrek"; and Jermaine King, 28, all of Pomona.
From Stony Point, detectives charged Anthony Nash, 26, and LaSean "Bones" Goode, 28. From Nyack and West Nyack, cops arrested Jose Cordero, 47; Lisa Vigliotti, 34; Michael Jackson, 35; and Monique Felix, 34.
Police charged Jose "Chelo" Golzalez, 24, of Paterson, N.J.; Oswald Leal-Gomez, 23, of Suffern; Luis Santamaria-Herrera, 30, of Valley Cottage; Dennis Maas, 62, of Valley Cottage; Kris Manoylovich, 38, of Bardonia; Linda Famelico, 56, of Chestnut Ridge; Wilson Guillen, 30, of the Bronx; Wilfredo Torres, 49, of Garnerville; and Noe "Conquis" Mendez, 27, of Suffern.