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Post date: December 17 2004

Octf Cocaine Investigation Results In The Indictment Of Twelve

Attorney General Spitzer, State Police Superintendent Wayne Bennett, FBI Special Agent-in-charge William D. Chase and Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III today announced a 51-count indictment of 12 individuals on charges of possession and sale of cocaine, stemming from the operation of an alleged narcotics distribution network operating in Saratoga, Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer and Columbia counties.

The cental figure in the investigation, and the alleged main supplier is Edgar Muriel, 30, of Rexford. Muriel works as a contracted employee at the New York State Health Department. It is alleged that he used Health Department resources to contact cocaine customers and arrange for the delivery of cocaine during lunch breaks and after work.

During the course of the investigation, authorities seized a total of approximately three and one-half pounds of cocaine, with a street value of approximately $56,000, more than $62,000 in cash, and four vehicles.

Yesterday's early morning sweep in Saratoga, Albany, and Columbia counties involved 30 officers. The investigation was conducted by the New York State Attorney General's Organized Crime Task Force (OCTF) in conjunction with numerous other law enforcement agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Safe Street Task Force (composed of investigators from the Albany Police Department, Troy Police Department, Coeyman's Police Department and the Rennselaer County Sheriff's Office) and the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team.

The following defendants were arraigned before Judge Jerry Scarano in Saratoga County Court:
Louis Therrien, Jr., 32, of Clifton Park; Michael Sofia, 44, of Waterford; David Terry, Jr., 32, of Mechanicville; Randy Murray, 38, of Stillwater; Warren Daniels, 23, of Glenville; Robert Charron, 41, of Philmont; David VanDeusen, 37, of Philmont; Erick Morales, 31, of Albany; Brant Simmons, 26, of Stillwater; Arthur Mazzilli, 22, of Malta.

Possible prison sentences for the various individuals charged range from one to 24 years in prison. Muriel, Sofia, Therrien, Terry and Murray have all been charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree, a class "A" felony. Each of the defendants is charged with Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a class "B" felony.

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