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Drug ring suspects rolled up in state sweep

Albany-based trafficking allegedly included murder plot

This law enforcement poster shows the suspects arrested in the Operation North Star drug sweep.
This law enforcement poster shows the suspects arrested in the Operation North Star drug sweep.
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An alleged drug organization in the Capital Region came crashing down this week as the culmination of an 11-month joint investigation by state and local officials. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced on Tuesday afternoon a 226-count indictment against 31 people, including Schenectady resident Andrew Smith, who was charged as a major drug trafficker. Charges against Smith, 26, stem from an allegation that he arranged to bring more than $75,000 worth of cocaine from the ...


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Will1960
February 5, 2013
3:26 p.m.

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"These networks created a pipeline of illegal drugs from New York City to the Capital Region that polluted our communities. Operation North Star shut down this massive criminal enterprise and stopped the flow of these dangerous narcotics," said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

I hardly believe that these law enforcement agencies have stopped the flow of these dangerous narcotics, anywhere in New York. Another massive, expensive (and useless) State led investigation targeting an upstate inner-city. Why haven't I heard of one these investigations that has stopped the flow of dangerous narcotics in Loudonville or Niskayuna? This story represents another example of law enforcement focusing its scant resources exclusively on the lowest hanging fruit. I count seven federal, state and city agencies involved with this investigation, including Homeland Security. And there's no mention or investigation of what this massive investigation cost the taxpayers of this state. When it comes to New York's drug war, law enforcement gets a blank check and a pass from the media that covers these investigations.
The drug war's self-fulling prophecy is to never solve our drug problem, just keep the human pipeline going that feeds our industrial prison complex.

Will1960
February 5, 2013
3:26 p.m.
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Root_Beer
February 5, 2013
6:35 p.m.

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Well I guess the welfare line just got longer cause all the babies Daddy's and a few of the mamas are not on the street any more and the babies still need milk. Grandma and Grandpa won't let the kids down, they will still get fed and clothed plus loved, maybe not Nikes and Hoodies just cause they can get a check for that, what they really need.. Maybe, just maybe a couple Grans will take the torch and do good for those kids. A child lost to the streets is an innocent soul caught up in the world of worthless parents who should never have had the Honor to call themselves parents!

rsmall803
February 6, 2013
12:33 p.m.

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and some wonder about profiling.

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