Cocaine Bust

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jul 20, 2009 at 11:18 PM EDT

The biggest drug seizure in a decade in Broome County.

Seven Kilos of cocaine and seven arrests.

Action News reporter Reed Buterbaugh tells us about the ring running drugs from New Jersey to here.

These are zip lock bags loaded with cocaine... A street value, more than a half million dollars.

Over this past weekend, police seized nearly seven kilograms of coke.

"The opium isn't here in Broome County so it's coming from somewhere," said Gerald Mollen, (D) Broome County District Attorney.

52-thousand dollars in drug money was also confiscated.

Police arrested six people in Broome County they suspect played significant roles in an elaborate distribution network.

A 7th suspect, Richard Langanere of Union City, New Jersey was arrested in New Jersey for narcotics trafficking.

"It's not pick it up one place, deliver it one place, and it's out to the street. When you have an organization involved in this it requires different places, different people," Mollen said.

Mollen won't say if a wire tap was used during the four-month investigation.

But a primarily undercover and unified effort from Binghamton, county and state police forces lead to the arrests.

"Just extreme dedication," said Binghamton Police Chief, Joseph Zikuski. "We had a lot of monotonous, boring work that had to be done in order to get something like this to get a large amount. Probably the biggest seizure in 10 years."

"Long hours, they started early morning going to late evening. Working hard, holidays, they're there," said David Harder Broome County Sheriff.

There's more work as police and the district attorney's office work together on the the case.

They say more arrests are coming while they dig deeper into this drug trafficking ring.

Authorities are working with New Jersey Police on bringing suspect Richard Langanere to Broome County.

During the weekend bust police also seized several rifles and a sawed-off shotgun.

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