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Dec. 11, 2014 -- Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced today that a total of 5 individuals have pled guilty as a result of a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional takedown of a major narcotics trafficking ring that operated in the Hudson Valley and New York City.

“Law enforcement from all levels, federal, state and local, collaborated in a multi-jurisdictional effort that stretched from New York City to the Hudson Valley. This coordinated effort resulted in the takedown of a major narcotics trafficking operation resulting in long prison sentences for its leaders. Our efforts were a model of collaborative law enforcement and its results,” said Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore.

Between Nov. 25, 2014 and Dec. 11, 2014:

  • Juan Nieto (DOB 3/21/83) of 452 Olmstead Avenue and 2310 Holland Avenue, Bronx, New York;
  • Jason “J-Hova” Nieto (DOB 11/30/84) of 104 Patmor Avenue, Yonkers, New York;
  • Louis Crespo, (DOB 2/6/83) of 12 New Place, Yonkers, New York;
  • Michael “EZ” Figueroa (DOB 5/5/85) of 2323 Walton Avenue, Bronx, New York;
  • Braulio Rosa (DOB 4/15/81) of Easton, Pennsylvania,

all plead guilty to:

  • one count of Attempted Conspiracy in the 2nd Degree, a class “C” Felony,

Juan Nieto, Michael Figueroa, Braulio Rosa and Louis Crespo also pled guilty to:

  • one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, a class “B” Felony,

Jason Nieto also pled guilty to:

  • one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, a class “B” Felony.

Sentencings will be on Jan. 27, 2015.

On May 8, 2014, over 250 investigators, police officers and special agents from the Westchester County District Attorney’s office, the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, the FBI, New York State Police, Greenburgh Drug and Alcohol Task Force, ICE-Homeland Security Investigations, Yonkers Police, Village of Ardsley Police, NYPD and the DEA were involved in the arrests.

The arrests were the result of a nine month long investigation that involved electronic surveillance, undercover buys, pole cameras and GPS devices attached to some of the subjects’ vehicles that culminated in the execution of 11 search warrants issued in New York State Supreme Court and approximately 20 federal search warrants.

As a result of the search warrants or throughout the investigation, police seized approximately $1.5 million in cash (drug proceeds), 6.5 kilograms of cocaine, over 40 pounds of marijuana, 10 guns and several vehicles.

Assistant District Attorney Thomas Luzio, Chief of the Narcotics Bureau and Assistant District Attorney Craig Cecchini of the Narcotics Bureau are prosecuting the case.