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Nine Members of Major Narcotics Ring Extending Throughout Manhattan, The Bronx, and New Jersey Indicted on Conspiracy and Drug-Related Charges

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. and Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson today announced the indictment of ANGEL ALVAREZ, 28, RALPH BEN COTTO, 36, and seven co-defendants for their roles in a major narcotics trafficking ring that possessed and sold cocaine, as well as larger, resale quantities of the drug throughout Manhattan, the Bronx, and New Jersey. ALVAREZ and COTTO were charged in an indictment in New York State Supreme Court with Operating as a Major Trafficker, also known as the “Drug Kingpin” statute, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree, both class A-I felonies. All nine defendants are charged in the indictment with felony Conspiracy in the Second Degree, with several facing additional felony and misdemeanor charges related to the sophisticated narcotics operation.