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Post date: February 3 2004

Drug Task Force Investigation Results In Indictment

New York State Attorney General Spitzer and Rensselaer County District Attorney Patricia DeAngelis today announced that a multi-count indictment has been unsealed in Rensselaer County charging five individuals with a variety of drug offenses ranging from possession and sale of cocaine to conspiracy.

Charged under the indictment are: Calvin Cruel, 25, of Albany; Whirlee Rudolph, 27, of Waterbury, Connecticut; Marcel Rudolph, 26, of New York City; and Robert Sicley, 34, of Troy. The fifth defendant remains at large.

The case is being heard by Rensselaer County Court Judge Patrick McGrath.

The charges stem from a joint, six-month investigation by the New York Attorney General's Statewide Organized Crime Task Force, New York State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the Federal Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Oneida County District Attorney's Office, Albany County Sheriff's Department, Oneida County Sheriff's Department, the Rensselaer County Sheriff's Department, the Cohoes Police Department, and the Troy Police Department.

It is alleged that since August 2003, members of this cocaine distribution network possessed, and sold, large amounts of cocaine in the Capital District. Law enforcement officials estimate that each month the group sold on average three and one-half pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of over $130,000. If convicted of the most serious charges against them, Cruel, Daniels, and the Rudolphs could face life sentences. Robert Sicley could face up to 25 years in prison.

During the course of the investigation authorities recovered approximately one hundred pounds of marijuana, more than six ounces of cocaine, two handguns, and approximately $15,000 in cash.

Evidence developed in the investigation also resulted in the January arrest of eight additional individuals on drug related charges: James Allman, Todd Papielion, Philip Pitcher, Tom Pohl, Terry Ross, Leith Searless, and Michael Zillgitt and the arrest earlier this month of Jesse Hunt.

The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Deputy Attorney General James J. Mindell and Irene Bardot Pearl under the direction of J. Christopher Prather, the Deputy Attorney General in charge of the New York Attorney General's Organized Crime Task Force.