Rochester Police Call Coke Bust Largest In Decade

ROCHESTER -- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a huge drug bust yesterday, officials in Rochester calling it the largest in over a decade. Twenty-eight people were arrested, 35 kilograms of cocaine were seized, along with $750,000 in cash, eight illegal weapons and five vehicles.

The AG says the group busted was bringing $1 million worth of cocaine to the Rochester area each month. The drug sting operation was dubbed "Operation Snowbird," and it started by squeezing street-level dealers about where they were getting their cocaine.


                         Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, at podium

Schneiderman says the ringleaders of the operation were 48-year-old Estanislao "Kiki" Martinez of Albion, and his nephew, 35-year-old Sergio Michel of New York City. Both were charged under New York's drug kingpin statute, which carries a possible life sentence in state prison.

Major Rochester-Area Cocaine Bust

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