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UPDATED: Broome County task force takes down "major" heroin ring

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- The Broome County District Attorney’s Office announced Sunday that it took down a major heroin trafficking enterprise.

The DA's office said six individuals have been arrested, and represented the leaders of the ring. Several were arrested in a traffic stop on I-81 after returning from New York City.

Binghamton Mayor Rich David reported that several ounces of heroin and several thousand dollars had been seized in the bust. District Attorney Steve Cornwell estimated the ring moved nearly $40,000 worth of heroin every month.

According to a news release, five men and one woman were arrested by the Binghamton Police Department, Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force, and New York State Police Special Investigations Unit.

This is the second major bust this year by the Broome County drug task force this year, which is a collection of local law enforcement agencies. Representatives from the task force said they became aware of the ring last fall and have spent months investigating it.

Officials say four of the six arrested have been charged with Operating as a Major Trafficker, a Class A-I Felony.

According to the District Attorney, the following people have been arrested:

Devon K. Johnson, 38, charged with Operating as a Major Trafficker, a Class A-I Felony.

Ferris T. Brown, 32, charged with Operating as a Major Trafficker, a Class A-I Felony.

Shawn P. Perry, 37, charged with Operating as a Major Trafficker, a Class A-I Felony.

Maurice M. Rollins, 44 charged with Operating as a Major Trafficker, a Class A-I Felony.

Mary E. Peters, 54, charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance, in the third degree, a Class B felony.

Andrew J. Savo, 57, charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance, in the third degree, a Class B felony.

Authorities say all six defendants were arraigned Sunday in Binghamton City Court and taken to the Broome County Jail without bail.

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