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New York authorities charge 9 in cocaine case

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Crime,New York,War on Drugs,Cocaine

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say they have charged nine people in connection with cocaine trafficking in New York City and the mid-Hudson Valley with proceeds funneled to the Dominican Republican.

The Attorney General's Organized Crime Task Force, using informants and wiretaps, says the investigation shows the ring was run by a couple from their Washington Heights apartment two blocks from the George Washington Bridge. It says they took 100 or more orders daily and used rented apartments around the corner for storage and pickups.

The investigation, also conducted by state police and homeland security investigators, showed an arrangement with sellers in Wappingers Falls in Dutchess County, including a man related to a village trustee and a police officer.

Five of those charged Wednesday are from Manhattan, three from Wappingers Falls and one from Highland.

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