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Four Charged In Connection With Elmira Drug Ring

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Four men are facing charges following a drug ring that was brought down in Elmira.  Police say the ring was an elaborate operation that originated in the city, and then spread out towards other parts of the country.

The bust comes after a year-long investigation by both federal and local law enforcement.
Robert Thatcher, 29, Maximillian Sams, 30, and Dwayne Banks, 29, all of Elmira, as well as Carlito Rios Jr., 30, of Beaver Dams are each facing charges of conspiracy and intent to distribute.
Thatcher and Sams are also facing possession of firearms, while Banks is faces possession with intent to distribute.

"To have a rural, relatively smaller city like Elmira be a source location for drugs was something that we haven't seen very frequently," U.S. Attorney James Kennedy Jr. said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

The drugs were initially traced to Elmira after more than five-thousand fentanyl pills were seized in North Carolina. Over the past year, tens of thousands of other pills have also been distributed and disguised as OxyContin.


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