Local woman arrested in cocaine bust

by Andrew Henderson

A Mexico resident was one of 39 individuals arrested this week as part of a takedown of three large drug distribution networks, New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said Wednesday.

In addition to the 39 arrests, more than $1 million in cocaine was seized.

The drug distribution networks transported cocaine from the New York City metropolitan area and Buffalo to be sold in Cortland, Syracuse and Watertown.

As part of a nine-month, multi-agency investigation code-named “Operation Southbound,” state and local law enforcement agents led by the New York State Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force, New York State Police, the Cortland County Sheriff’s Department, the Syracuse Police Department, the Cortland City Police Department and SUNY Cortland Police conducted covert surveillance, including hundreds of hours of wiretaps and the execution of search warrants at several locations.

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