U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian speaks at the news conference held on April 11, 2016 at the New York State Police Troop D Headquarters in Oneida. Also pictured (from left to right) are Major Francis Coots, Troop Commander, New York State Police Troop D; Major David Krause, Detail Commander, New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team; and Onondaga County District Attorney William J. Fitzpatrick.
On April 11, 2016, U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian joined federal, state and local officials at the New York State Police Troop D Headquarters in Oneida to announce the results of a Central New York operation that targeted controlled substances, guns and other contraband sent unlawfully through the U.S. Mail and express parcel services.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys worked with U.S. Postal Inspectors to obtain search warrants to open several dozen U.S. Mail packages, which also led to searches of 8 residences pursuant to search warrants. As a result of these searches, officials made 22 arrests and seized approximately $159,000 in U.S. currency, along with approximately 73.5 pounds of marijuana, 306 grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms, 980 tablets of Xanax, and 20 grams of heroin, as well as other controlled substances. Officials also seized 5 firearms, including 3 semi-automatic rifles. Additionally, searches of international shipments yielded approximately 8,340 pills and doses of illegally imported pharmaceuticals and narcotics, and 2 kilograms of synthetic controlled substances.
Among the agencies participating in the operation were the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the New York State Police, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office, and other county prosecutors’ offices.