Drug Task Force Investigation Results In The Conviction Of Five

New York State Attorney General Spitzer and Broome County District Attorney Gerald Mollen today announced that five Binghamton residents have pled guilty and were sentenced to terms in state prison on cocaine trafficking charges following their indictment late last year.

In December 2002, a Broome County Grand Jury voted a 34-count indictment naming Andre Collins, 36; Antonio Alvarez, 33; Phillip Alvarez, 35; Toshiba Roach, 23; and Rene Santana, 25, all of Binghamton. The defendants were charged with drug-related offenses ranging from criminal possession of a controlled substance to conspiracy.

These charges stemmed from a joint-investigation conducted by the Attorney General's Statewide Organized Crime Task Force (OCTF), the Broome County Sheriff's Department, the Binghamton Police Department, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration of cocaine trafficking in the Southern Tier. It is estimated that collectively, the defendants sold an average of one pound of cocaine per month with a street value of over $45,000 in and around the City of Binghamton. In addition, six of their suspected customers were arrested on misdemeanor charges. The investigation is continuing.

In March, defendants Collins, Santana, and Phillip Alvarez pled guilty to single charges in the indictment and were sentenced in May. Collins pled guilty to Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, a class "C" felony and was sentenced to 3 1/2 to 7 years; Santana plead guilty to to Criminal Possession of a controlled substance in the Fourth Degree, a class "C" felony, and has been sentenced to a State prison term of 2 to 6 years. Phillip Alvarez pled guilty to Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class "E" felony and was sentenced to 1 ½ to 3 years.

Today, Antonio Alvarez and Roach were sentenced by Broome County Court Judge Martin Smith. Both pled guilty to Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third degree, a class "B" felony. Alvarez was sentenced to 4 ½ to 9 years; and Roach to 2 to 6 years.

During the course of the investigation authorities seized approximately three ounces of cocaine, a handgun, and three vehicles utilized by the defendants to transport and distribute cocaine.

Assistant Deputy Attorney General James J. Mindell of the New York Attorney General's Statewide Organized Crime Task Force (OCTF) Syracuse Office prosecuted the named defendants. The customers, who were charged with misdemeanor offenses, are being prosecuted by the Broome County District Attorney's Office.


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