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Attorney General: statewide cocaine pipeline includes 2 Jefferson County men


Two Jefferson County men were among 39 arrested early Wednesday morning in what State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman called a “statewide cocaine pipeline.”

Taken to Cortland County for arraignment on sealed indictments were Lyle A. Camidge, 43, of 30869 County Route 143, Felts Mills, and Rush J. Walts, 34, of 8483 LeRay St., Evans Mills. Since the indWednesday morning, specifics about their charges were not available.

A police source confirmed, however, that their alleged activity occurred in Jefferson County. They were taken into custody by the state police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Metro-Jeff Drug Task Force.

A news release from Mr. Schneiderman’s office said the 39 arrests wrap up a nine-month investigation dubbed “Operation Southbound,” involving three million-dollar narcotics networks that “transported cocaine from New York City and Buffalo to Central New York and the north country.”

In one incident disclosed in the release, Kamar Davidson, Brooklyn, sent Corey D. Grier, New York City “to the Fort Drum area in Jefferson County and directed him to sell seven ounces of cocaine to three separate individuals and provided him with a half ounce of cocaine as payment for his service.”

The police source said Mr. Camidge and Mr. Walts are not believed to have been a part of that event.

Mr. Davidson is an admitted former cocaine dealer in Jefferson County. After making sales in March and May 2010, he pleaded guilty in Jefferson County Court to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and was sentenced in April 2011 to time served in jail and five years of probation.

Among the 39 are one from Mexico, 14 from Cortland, 14 from Syracuse, three from New York City, two from Solvay, and one each from Buffalo and Pitcher.

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