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The Manhattan district attorney’s office has charged more than a dozen people, including high-profile executives, bankers, and accountants, in relation to a massive New York City cocaine sting.
Three people were charged with operating the cocaine-trafficking ring out of Manhattan’s Lower East Side: Kenny Hernandez, 35; Felix Nunez, 27; and Oscar Almonte, 29.
The operation is accused of selling more than $75,000 in cocaine in one year, according to indictment papers obtained by Business Insider.
Eighteen others who faced charges were described as “repeat customers,” including Christopher Dodson, a client associate at Merrill Lynch; Mark Crumpacker, the chief marketing and development officer for Chipotle; Katie Welnhofer, a Fox Business producer who works on “Mornings with Maria”; and Austin Dodson, an associate at the real-estate firm Cushman & Wakefield.
Merrill Lynch, Chipotle, Cushman & Wakefield, and Fox Business did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
An 88-page charging document details nearly 200 texts and calls among those accused of being buyers and sellers from June 2015 to June 2016.
Fox Business Producer Katie Welnhofer Accused of Possessing Drugs https://t.co/8StSeNbNvs
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Those accused of being buyers were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Customers regularly paid $200 to $300 for the delivery service and bought the drugs in bodegas, hotels, and Duane Reade convenience stores across Manhattan, according to the indictment papers.
The Manhattan district attorney’s office said:
“Members of the ring allegedly used car services to deliver the drugs to buyers, including to delis, restaurants, bars, apartments, hotels, and the buyers’ workplaces. The defendants delivered to locations across Manhattan, including the Lower East Side, the Upper East Side, Chelsea, the Financial District, and Midtown, as well as areas of Brooklyn and Queens. Many of the sales took place in delis or Duane Reade and CVS pharmacies. Customers generally paid between $200 and $300 per transaction.”
Here are the indictment documents.