Major drug trafficking bust made in Otsego County


(WKTV) - The Otsego County Sheriff department, Otsego County District Attorney, and Oneonta Police Department announced the arrest of a major drug trafficking organization leader, Friday.

Edgar Joe Montes, 34, of Bronx, N.Y., was arrested following a three year investigation into heroin trafficking in Otsego County.

The investigation, known as "Operation Dial Tone," involved the Otsego County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division, the Albany DEA District Office, and the Oneonta Police Department Bureau, who spent a lengthy amount of time gathering details of the organization for the case, leading to the arrest of 18 individuals up to this point.

As of right now, Montes is the biggest arrest of the investigation as he took over the Bronx-based heroin organization in the fall of 2010. He became the leader of the trafficking cartel after the previous leader, Jose "Flip" Rodriguez was arrested for operating as a major trafficker in Otsego County.

Rodriguez is currently a NYS DOCCS inmate serving a 40-year sentence for his involvement.

Montes was indicted by the Otsego County Grand Jury on November 26th, and charged with Operating as a major trafficker, Criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, and Criminal possession of controlled substance in the third degree, all felonies.

Following the indictment, Montes was arrested, Friday morning, at the Bronx County Court House by Sheriff's office investigators, and returned to Otsego County where he was arraigned.

"This arrest is the result of a great deal of hard work and mutual cooperation from multiple law enforcement agencies," said Oneonta Police Chief, Dennis R. Nayor. "Those individuals wishing to be involved in the drug trade in the City of Oneonta or anywhere else in Otsego County will hopefully realize that it will only be a matter of time before they are arrested and sent to prison."

Montes has been remanded to the Otsego County Correctional Facility on $500,000 bail returnable on December 20th at 9:30 a.m.

He faces up to 36 years in prison if convicted of all indicted sales and possession charges.

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