Published On: Thu, Nov 1st, 2018

10 Defendants Charged with participating in Narcotics Conspiracy in Sullivan County

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, William F. Sweeney Jr., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), George P. Beach II, the Superintendent of the New York State Police (“NYSP”), Robert Mir, the Chief of the Village of Monticello Police Department, and Michael A. Schiff, the Sullivan County Sheriff, announced the unsealing of an Indictment on October 26 charging a total of 10 defendants with participating in a narcotics conspiracy in Sullivan County, New York.

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As alleged in the Indictment unsealed last Friday in White Plains federal court and a Complaint that was previously filed in the same case[1]:

In at least 2017 and 2018, JHOAN ADAMES, a/k/a “Chelo,” 29, ROLANDO NIEVES, a/k/a “Rolo,” 31, JASON NIEVES-PINO, 27, JOSE NIEVES-HERRERA, 49, JOSE RUBERT, 52, PERVIS MARCUS, 56, JUSTIN FABRICANT, 30, ANICASIO HERNANDEZ, a/k/a “Nick,” 40, OSVALDO MANGUALBONET, 47, FRANK VELEZ, a/k/a “Frankie,” 49, conspired to sell narcotics.  In particular, ROLANDO NIEVES, JASON NIEVES-PINO, JOSE NIEVES-HERRERA, JOSE RUBERT, and PERVIS MARCUS, conspired to sell 280 grams or more of crack cocaine and 500 grams or more of cocaine.  JHOAN ADAMES and FRANK VELEZ conspired to sell 280 grams or more of crack cocaine, and JUSTIN FABRICANT, ANICASIO HERNANDEZ, and OSVALDO MANGUALBONET conspired to sell 500 grams or more of cocaine.  Members of the conspiracy distributed cocaine and crack cocaine in different locations in Sullivan County, New York, including in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the Village of Monticello.   During the course of this investigation, law enforcement purchased more than 280 grams of crack cocaine and more than 100 grams of powder cocaine from members of the conspiracy during controlled purchases.

Seven defendants were taken into federal custody last week.  Those seven defendants were presented in White Plains federal court on Friday, October 26, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul E. Davison.  Two additional defendants were previously arrested in August 2018.  Defendant ADAMES remains at large.

A chart containing the names of the defendants charged in the Indictment, and the charges and maximum penalties they face, is attached.  The statutory maximum penalties are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencings of the defendants would be determined by the judge.

Mr. Berman praised the outstanding investigative work of the FBI, the New York State Police, the Village of Monticello Police Department, and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department.  Mr. Berman also thanked the Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance in the case.

These cases are being handled by the Office’s White Plains Division.  Assistant United States Attorneys Samuel Raymond and Maurene Comey are in charge of the prosecution.

The charges contained in the Indictment and Complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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