Central New York Drug Ring Broken
Attorney General Spitzer and Cortland County District Attorney Robert T. Jewett announced today that a Grand Jury has handed up two multi-count indictments resulting in the arrest of eleven Cortland residents on cocaine trafficking charges.
"Drug trafficking can be found in every corner of the state," said Attorney General Spitzer. "It is through multi-agency investigations such as this that we can drive a wedge into the cocaine network, hold dealers and suppliers accountable for their actions, and protect our communities from further drug destruction."
The first indictment contains 21 counts and charges: Bruce Stauber, 43; Tricia Crupi, 33; her husband, Joseph Crupi, 40; Steven Buchalla, 31; and Randy Foster, 30; all of Cortland with multiple drug related offenses. These charges include conspiracy to distribute cocaine, criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal sale of a controlled substance, criminally using drug paraphernalia, and criminal possession of marijuana.
The second indictment contains 17 counts and charges: Mark Fezza, 37; Allan "Bub" Timmons, 44; Genelle Darling, 27; and Randy Foster (also named in the first indictment); with charges including conspiracy to distribute cocaine, criminal sale of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. In addition, it charges Joseph Porter, 34, with attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 5th degree.
The indictment stems from a joint narcotics investigation of the New York State Attorney General's Organized Crime Task Force, New York State Police, Cortland County Sheriff's Department, Onondaga County Sheriffs's Department, Cortland County District Attorney's Office, Onondaga County District Attorney's Office, Cortland Police Department, Dryden Police Department, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, SUNY Cortland Campus Police, and Syracuse Police Department.
The indictments are the result of an investigation launched last May, and allege numerous drug sales and possessions in Cortland by members of two separate conspiracies. It is alleged that much of the cocaine for one of the rings was supplied by James Seybold, 34, of Mattydale, Onondaga county. Seybold and two of his suppliers, as well as several other co-conspirators were arrested in the Syracuse area on February 8 and February 9, 2001, and are facing prosecution in Onondaga County.
Also arrested today on drug related charges as a result of this investigation were: Joseph E. Cook, 35; and his sister, Kimberly A. Cook, 32; both of Cortland.
The investigation remains open and active, additional arrests are expected.
If convicted of the most serious charges against them, Bruce Stauber, Tricia Crupi, Steven Buchalla, Randy Foster, Mark Fezza, Allan "Bub" Timmons, and Genelle Darling, could face up to 25 years in prison.
During the course of the investigation, police recovered bulk cocaine with an estimated street value of more than $35,000, and $8,000 in cash.
Both the Cortland County cases and the Onondaga County cases are being prosecuted by Assistant Deputy Attorney General James J. Mindell of the New York State Attorney General's Office, Organized Crime Task Force's Syracuse Office under the supervision of: Deputy Attorney General in Charge of OCTF George Quinlan; and Assistant Deputy Attorney General John Prather and Deputy Attorney General Peter Pope of Attorney General's Criminal Division.
The charges contained in the indictments are accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.