News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 29, 2009
Erin Mulvey
Public Information Officer
212 337-2906

Arrest of a Major Supplier of Cocaine to Brooklyn Drug Dealers

JUL 29 -- Brooklyn – Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes and New York Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge John Gilbride announced the indictment of Yotuhel Montane, 36, a Cuban national and Florida drug trafficker who supplied multiple kilos of cocaine to dealers in Brooklyn.

DEA Special Agent in Charge John P. Gilbride stated, “Stemming from calls from the public, this drug investigation led investigators from the streets of Brooklyn, New York to Miami, Florida in order to identify and arrest the person who headed this illegal narcotics organization. Based upon the diligent work of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and the cooperative law enforcement efforts this cocaine trafficking network has been dismantled.”

“This case is another example of the lengths my office will go to ensure the safety of Brooklyn’s streets and its residents,” said District Attorney Hynes. “Detective Investigators from my Major Narcotics Investigations Unit tracked this case all the way to Miami. I’d like to thank the DEA’s New York Drug Enforcement Task Force, the NYPD, NYSP and the Special Investigations Division – Narcotics Bureau of the Miami Dade Police Department for their assistance in this investigation and arrest.”

Montane was arrested in Miami, after Kings County District Attorney’s Detective Investigators working together with the Miami Dade police and the DEA obtained an arrest warrant, based on information gathered during a related investigation in Brooklyn. Montane is currently in custody in Florida, awaiting extradition.

In 2007 and 2008, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office received several complaints about drug dealing at two adjacent houses on 93 rd Street in Bay Ridge. In that case, in June 2008, five people were arrested and charged with Conspiracy in the First Degree and charged with selling narcotics. Based on information obtained in that investigation, prosecutors and detective investigators from the Major Narcotics Investigations Bureau started another investigation, of a drug dealer named Eric “Fat Eddy” Rodriguez, and his crew. That investigation led to the arrest of 43 people in April of this year. Those cases are pending.

While investigating Rodriguez, prosecutors and investigators obtained evidence that Montane, living in Miami, was Rodriguez’s main supplier. Montane is charged with supplying Rodriguez with kilograms of cocaine on multiple occasions over the past several years.

The indictment charges that Rodriguez and members of his crew would fly to Miami to meet Montane to buy kilograms of cocaine. Rodriguez would then fly back to New York, while the people who worked for him would drive the drugs to New York, where the cocaine would be made into crack cocaine, to be sold.

Montane is charged with Conspiracy in the First Degree. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

An indictment is an accusatory instrument and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Maria K. Haymandou and Major Narcotics Investigations Bureau Chief Lawrence Oh. Suzanne Corhan is Chief of the Major Narcotics Investigations Bureau