(WBNG Binghamton) 8 people in Broome County are arrested in a big marijuana bust.
New York State Police have been investigating the group's sale and distribution for 6 months.
Police seized 85 pounds of marijuana.
The street value of that is between $125,000 to $500,000.
Police say the drugs were going to be sold in Broome County.
New York State Police, Vestal Police and the Broome County District Attorney's office has been investigating the marijuana ring for 6 months.
On Wednesday afternoon, it raided 7 different homes.
8 arrests were made:
ADAM RANDESI, 26, 209 Ardmore Street, Endicott, NY (Town of Union).
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree;
Criminal Possession of Marihuana 1st degree.
BILLYJOE P. BLACKMAN, 33, 176 Moeller Street, Binghamton, NY
Criminal Sale of Marihuana 1st degree.
BILLY J. SPANGENBURG, 27, 372 Floral Avenue, Johnson City, NY
Criminal Sale of Marihuana 1st degree (2 counts); Criminal Possession of Marihuana 2nd degree.
PHOUVANH RASAPHONE, 25, 48 Colville Avenue, Johnson City, NY
Criminal Sale of Marihuana 1st degree; Criminal Possession of Marihuana 2nd degree.
MATTHEW BARROWS, 26, 6 Waldorf Street, Binghamton, NY
Criminal Possession of Marihuana 1st degree; Wanted on Parole Violation for Criminal Possession of Weapon 3rd
ROBERT RANDESI, 53, 209 Ardmore Street, Endicott, NY (Town of Union)
Criminal Possession of Marihuana 2nd degree.
CHRISTOPHER P. KOEDATICH, 25, 107 Glenwood Ave. Apt 1, Binghamton, NY
Conspiracy 4th degree
Tampering with Physical Evidence
STANLEY D. SURVILLA, 22, 27 Stuyvesant Street, Binghamton, NY
Unlawful Possession of Marihuana
In addition to the large amount of marijuana, $120,000 was seized, almost 200 illegally possessed Oxycontin tablets and small amounts of Vicodin.
6 cars were also taken as evidence:
2007 Honda Civic
2003 Nissan Maxima
2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2001 Acura Coupe
2002 Honda Accord
Police say the vehicles were used in transporting or distributing the marijuana.
Police say they caught the organization through undercover purchase and wire taps on certain individuals' phones.
"Groups are having a hard time finding marijuana out there due to several things happening nationally. The price of marijuana is rising right now so I think this will put a significant dent in it, at least right now," said Lt. Patrick Garey, NYS Police - Community Narcotics Enforcement Team.
Lt. Garey says the marijuana seized came from from New Jersey.
Police say the investigation is continuing and they do anticipate more arrests.
7 of the 8 suspects were arraigned and are being held in the Broome County Jail without bail.
Stanley Survilla was released on an appearance ticket to appear in Binghamton City Court on December 22, 2010.