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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 4, 2020

Ellenville Woman Pleads Guilty to Drug Conspiracy Charge

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Margaret Vandyke, age 58, of Ellenville, New York, pled guilty today to her involvement in a drug trafficking organization that distributed crack cocaine and fentanyl in Ulster County. 

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith; Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), New York; Ulster County Sheriff Juan Figueroa, whose office leads the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team (URGENT); Ulster County District Attorney David Clegg; New York State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett; and Village of Ellenville Police Chief Philip Mattracion.

Vandyke admitted that between September 2017 and December 2018, in cooperation with co-conspirators, she sold over 300 grams of crack cocaine on behalf of the organization in various locations around Ellenville. 

Vandyke faces at least 10 years and up to life in prison, a term of supervised release of at least 5 years and up to life, and a maximum fine of $10 million, when she is sentenced by United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino on October 2, 2020.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.

The following defendants have also pled guilty in connection with the conspiracy, and were sentenced as follows:

Name

Age

Prison Term

Supervised Release Term

Iqwan Mandiville, aka “Qwan”

27

70 months

4 years

Randy Mandiville, aka “B-Murda”

31

42 months

6 years

The following defendants have also pled guilty in connection with the conspiracy, and face the following terms of imprisonment:

Name

Age

Minimum

Maximum

Luis Curet

35

5 years

40 years

Edwin Jorge

46

None

20 years

Jennifer McCombs, aka
“Jennifer Marks”

49

5 years

40 years

The following defendant still faces charges in this case, and faces the following terms of imprisonment if convicted on the drug conspiracy charge:

Name

Age

Minimum

Maximum

 

Antonio Naveo, aka “Gratto,” aka “Green Eyes”

39

10 years

Life

Naveo is also charged with unlawful possession of a Mossberg shotgun as a felon.  The charges against Naveo are merely accusations.  He is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by HSI, the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with URGENT, an inter-agency taskforce targeting drug dealers and gang members in Ulster County, and the New York State Police, with assistance from the Village of Ellenville Police and the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Emmet J. O’Hanlon.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated June 4, 2020