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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Final Defendant Sentenced In Major Elmira Heroin Trafficking Ring

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051

ROCHESTER, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Scott Washington, a/k/a Body, a/k/a Addy, 31, of Elmira, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. Washington was also ordered to forfeit a .40 caliber handgun and rounds of ammunition.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Marangola, who handled the case, stated that Washington and other members of the conspiracy were responsible for distribution of heroin obtained in Trenton, NJ that was transported to Wilkes-Barres, Pennsylvania, where the heroin was stored, processed, and packaged before being transported to Elmira, where it was sold through multiple distributors in the Elmira area. 

On September 28, 2016, law enforcement officers arrested Washington, along with Israel Cedeno-Martinez, Mark Jones, Jr., Mark Jones, Sr., a/k/a Pimp Juice, a/k/a Juice, Marcel Jones, a/k/a Cell, a/k/a Bug, Andrew Woodhouse, a/k/a Woody, and Tanner Rios, a/k/a Ree, on federal narcotics conspiracy charges. That same day, officers raided numerous locations in Elmira, Wilkes-Barre, and Cedeno-Martinez’s residence in Trenton. During the course of the investigation, officers seized six handguns, numerous rounds of ammunition, paraphernalia for the processing and packaging of heroin, over $9,500 in U.S. currency, and over 600 bags of heroin packaged for street sale.
All seven defendants have been convicted and sentenced.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division; the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Eric Laughton; the Elmira Police Department, under the direction of Chief Joseph Kane; the Chemung County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of Weedon Whetmore; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in- Charge John B. Devito; the Elmira Heights Police Department, under the direction of Chief  Robert N. Hauptman; the Horseheads Police Department, under the direction of Chief Thomas Stickler; and the Chemung County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Acting Sheriff William A. Schrom.

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Drug Trafficking
Updated April 3, 2019