GOSHEN, N.Y. – The man officials said was the leader of a family-run drug trafficking ring was sentenced to up to 20 years in prison on Tuesday, according to Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler.
Lamont Williams, Sr., 43, of Wallkill, pleaded guilty on July 25 to conspiracy, was busted with several others as part of the "Operation Family Ties" investigation that uncovered the distribution of heroin, cocaine, PCP, and marijuana in the City of Newburgh and several surrounding towns in Orange County, the District Attorney said.
Hoovler thanked the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, the City of Newburgh Police Department, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the Town of New Windsor Police, the Town of Newburgh Police, the City of Port Jervis Police, and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Criminal Investigations Division for their efforts in the investigation.
“My office will continue to partner with other law enforcement agencies and use every lawful means available, including wiretaps and civil forfeiture, to fight the organized drug conspiracies that are helping to fuel the opioid epidemic,” Hoovler said in a statement. “Those who think they can make enormous profits off the suffering of people who are addicted to narcotics, and insulate themselves from criminal liability by having others deal narcotics for them are sadly mistaken. ‘Operation Family Ties’ represents the success that law enforcement can have through coordinated efforts to attack high-level drug dealers and offenders who shield themselves from prosecution by dealing drugs through lower-level conspirators."
In addition to the criminal charges, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office has begun a civil forfeiture proceeding against many of the defendants, in order to seize from them the profits that they have made by illegally selling narcotics. The suit seeks over $3,000,000 in illegally-obtained profits.
Newburgh residents Mark Robinson, 36, and Steven Reed, 25 were also sentenced for their roles in the drug ring. Robinson pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges and will serve a maximum of 13 years in prison while Reed will serve up to six years, the District Attorney said.
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