Authorities: 16 charged after drug trafficking ring takedown

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Authorities say they have taken down a major drug trafficking ring in the Hudson Valley and throughout the state.

New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says 16 people were charged Tuesday for allegedly conspiring to buy and sell drugs in the state. Police also recovered illegal guns and $36,000 in cash.

Schneiderman tells News 12 that the gang that supplied more than 200 daily customers with cocaine and heroin is no longer in operation.

"We made extensive use of wiretaps, hidden cameras and surveillance, GPS devices, physical surveillance, undercover agents and cooperating witnesses," Schneiderman says.

Officials say the suspects, including an alleged ringleader known as "Toto," were part of the "600 Gang."

The 10-month investigation, known as Operation Yellow Brick Road, was part of the attorney general's Surge initiative, which aims to tackle the drug epidemic. The program has resulted in 288 felony arrests since its conception in the spring of 2017.

All 16 suspects face up to 25 years behind bars.

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