NEW YORK WOMAN THERESA ANDERSON and EIGHT OTHERS CHARGED WITH PARTICIPATING IN AN ILLEGAL DRUG ENTERPRISE
BUFFALO, N.Y.– U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. and Acting Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Wilbert L. Plummer announced today that a federal grand jury has returned a 33 count Indictment charging Theresa Anderson, 58, of Buffalo, N.Y., and eight others with participating in a drug enterprise allegedly operating for over ten years. The Indictment further charges that the Anderson drug trafficking organization, comprised of immediate family and close friends of Theresa Anderson, effectively controlled narcotics trafficking on two streets in Buffalo, New York in this time period.
The Indictment accuses Anderson of operating a Continuing Criminal Enterprise, conspiracy, operating a narcotics manufacturing premise, and specific incidents of narcotics trafficking. These charges are punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years and a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $10,000,0000 fine. In addition to Anderson, the Indictment charges Steven Butler, 28; Dion Anderson, 31; Melvin Calhoun, 47; Anquensha Hodge, a/k/a Anne Anderson, 25; Wymiko Anderson, a/k/a Red, 37; Toshia Hodge, a/k/a Toshia Anderson, 28; Tajia Anderson, a/k/a Porkchop, 26; and Leo Mellerson 29; all of Buffalo, N.Y., with conspiracy, and drug trafficking. These charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life and a $10,000,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa M. Marangola, who is handling the case, stated that according to the Indictment, between 2000 and February 2012, the defendants operated and participated in an illegal drug trafficking organization in the areas of Swinburne and Deshler Streets in the City of Buffalo. The Indictment further alleges that defendant Theresa Anderson was the leader of the organization who obtained and supplied quantities of cocaine to other members of the organization who then sold the cocaine on the two streets.
The Indictment further alleges that Anderson and others purchased multiple properties on Swinburne and Deshler Streets, and threatened and intimidated rival narcotics traffickers, in order to monopolize narcotics sales in the area. Using this criminal scheme, the defendants sold narcotics 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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