Montauk men charged with smuggling drugs from the Dominican Republic to the East End, officials say
Suffolk County prosecutors and law enforcement have charged four Montauk residents with trafficking cocaine and fentanyl, which were then sold in Montauk bars last summer, officials said.
The East End Task Force and the DEA served search warrants on Wednesday at four homes, where authorities seized a total of 300 grams of cocaine and fentanyl mailed to New York and Long Island from the Dominican Republic, said Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney. at a press conference in Riverhead on Friday.
Angel Garces-Diaz, 38, Anuedis Garces-Medrano, 35, Everado Hernandez, 45, and Yadaris Baez-Rivera, 26, all of Montauk, faced various charges of criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance.
They were each arraigned Thursday on separate felony charges.
The investigation began in March, followed by a series of clandestine drug purchases by Garcias Diaz and the three other defendants, Tierney said.
“Intelligence later established that Garcias Diaz frequently purchased cocaine in the mail from New York or elsewhere for distribution in the Montauk area, particularly to local bars,” Tierney said.
Suffolk County Police, Suffolk Sheriff’s Office, Easthampton and Southampton Police and the DEA seized more than $35,000 in cash, cocaine, fentanyl, a host of paraphernalia dispensing drugs, including digital scales, plastic bags and a kilo press to turn fentanyl into pills, Tierney says. Police also recovered an unloaded 9mm handgun and ammunition.
Authorities doled out money for the display when unveiling the bust Friday at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.
Investigators seized evidence by mail dating back to the drug ring’s operation in 2020, Tierney said. He said there was no evidence that any of the bars in Montauk were involved or complicit in selling drugs.