COLONIE, N.Y. – The Albany County Sheriff’s Office has released information regarding one of the largest drug busts in the county.
Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple has laid out the details of a lengthy investigation that resulted in numerous arrests and a hefty seizure of heroin.
Apple says the equivalent of 16,000 bags of heroin, worth more than $160,000, was seized during the drug bust. Apple called the bust a “lengthy heroin investigation.”
The Sheriff’s Office has been working on the bust for more than one year. Sheriff Apple believes this operation has put a large dent in drugs in Albany County.
"We don't want them here, stay out of our area, I hate to say we're pushing it next door, but this should set the tone out there that we are going to actively peruse you and we'll find you. We've got a number of bodies left to go look for. And I'm sure that's going to lead on to a new investigation it normally does,” said Apple.
The bust took place on Thursday afternoon in two Albany County homes. Sheriff Apple said there were children in the Colonie home between the ages of six and 10 when the drug bust happened on Thursday.
Seven people have been arrested and authorities say they are still on the lookout for more. Those arrested will be arraigned in Colonie Town Court on charges of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the first, a felony.
The suspects are accused of being connected with Operation Taxi Cab.
The operation started small, out of a Colonie Motel, but they have been growing into sales out of mall food courts and eventually taxi cabs. Drug lords were allegedly using area taxi cabs to distribute the drugs, paying drivers $65 an hour to use their vehicle.
Apple described it as people lining up for drugs as children would for ice cream.
According to Sheriff Apple, the drug ring went so deep that its drug lords were receiving 150 calls for heroin deals every day, totaling more than 18,000 calls every month.
Apple says the haul of 16,000 bags represents only one weeks’ worth of drugs being distributed throughout the Capital Region.