Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini on Thursday unsealed a 33-count indictment against seven men who allegedly ran a major narcotics ring out of the Montauk restaurants and bars where they were employed as seasonal workers.
“This indictment is the result of a months-long, multi-agency investigation that utilized electronic surveillance in addition to excellent investigative work by police officers and detectives to dismantle an alleged narcotics ring,” Mr. Sini said in a statement. “I want to particularly thank the East Hampton Police Department for their outstanding work in this case. The Montauk community had voiced concerns about drug dealing in the area, particularly during the summer months, and we listened.”
The arrest count is up to 17 in the alleged narcotics operation, with five of the defendants arranged Thursday in front of Suffolk County Court Justice Timothy Mazzei, and additional arraignments scheduled in the upcoming days. The investigation began in March.
Geraldo Vargas-Munoz, a 37-year-old who went by the alias “Chelo,” faces a felony charge of operating as a major trafficker, which could lead to a prison sentence of 25 years to life if convicted. He faces 20 additional charges, all felonies, and was held on $1 million cash bail or $2 million bond.
Elvin Silva-Ruiz, a 40-year-old who went by the alias “Pito,” faces five felony charges, and was held on $750,000 cash or $1.5 million bond. William Crespo-Duran, a 35-year-old who went by the alias “Flaco,” faces three felonies and two misdemeanors, and was held on $750,000 cash or $1.5 million bond.
Antonio Ramirez-Gonzalez, a 30-year-old who went by the alias “Tete,” faces a felony conspiracy charge, and was held on $750,000 cash or $1.5 million bond. Gilberto Quintana-Crespo, a 32-year-old who went by the alias “Jimmy,” also faces a felony conspiracy charge, and was held on $500,000 cash or $1 million bond.
If convicted, Mr. Silva-Ruiz, Mr. Crespo-Duran, Mr. Ramirez-Gonzalez and Mr. Quintana-Crespo each face a maximum indeterminate sentence of between eight and one-third years to 25 years in prison.
Eleven additional people were arrested and charged in connection with the original search warrant execution, carried out at five places on August 15.