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

Monday, March 11, 2013

Leader of Wayne county-NYC cocaine Ring Sentenced on Drug Charges

ROCHESTER, N.Y.-- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Richard Crego, a/k/a Ricky, 25, of New York City, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of five kilograms or more of cocaine, was sentenced to 13 years in prison and 10 years supervised release by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.

            Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Marangola, who handled the case, stated that the defendant was the leader of group of cocaine and crack cocaine distributors in Wayne County that obtained cocaine through Crego and his former prison associate, James Brome. The defendant and Brome arranged for the delivery of kilograms of cocaine from New York City to Wayne County, where the kilograms were processed, weighed, packaged, and resold in various quantities by various distributors. 

            In November 2010, as part of a lengthy, joint state and federal wiretap investigation, multiple search warrants were executed in Wayne County. The investigation netted over 1.9 kg of powder cocaine, 15 grams of crack cocaine, distribution paraphernalia, a 12 gauge shotgun, a .22 caliber rifle, a .25 caliber pistol, a 9mm pistol, and over $32,000 in U.S. currency. Crego was arrested along with six others in February 2011, all seven have been convicted. Brome was sentenced to 17 years in prison on February 26, 2013.

            The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation conducted by the Wayne County Narcotics Enforcement Team under the direction of John Colella, Chief of the Town of Macedon Police Department and Robert Hetzke, Chief Deputy of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office under the direction of Sheriff Barry Virts, the New York State Police, under the direction of Lieutenant Martin E. McKee,  the Rochester Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration under the direction of Special  Agent in Charge Brian R. Crowell, New York Field Division, with assistance provided by the Wayne County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of Richard Healy.


Updated November 18, 2014