Eight individuals face federal charges in major cocaine distribution conspiracy

By WKTV News

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Eight individuals, seven of which are from the Rome area, have been indicted on federal charges in connection with a major cocaine distribution conspiracy that operated between the Utica/Rome area and New York City.

Authorities say that all eight were named as co-conspirators in a cocaine conspiracy between July 2011 and December 2011 that involved the distribution of more than 500 grams of cocaine.

This joint investigation involved special agents and officers of the DEA's Syracuse Resident Office and New York Field Division Office, the New York State Police Special Investigations Unit, and officers assigned to the Central New York Region Drug Task Force.

The prosecutions are being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Carl Eurenius and Oneida County Assistant District Attorney Grant Garramone.

Those charged in the cocaine distribution conspiracy include the following:

  • Ivory Quan Lewis-McLeod, 29, of Rome - AKA "Quan"
  • Phillip F. Williams, 49, in state custody - AKA "Unc"
  • Brandy L. Jaynes, 30, of Rome
  • Tongela L. LaDue, 32, of Rome - AKA "Tong"
  • Roger Gullerat, 49, of Lee Center
  • Frederick C. Wishart, 35, of Rome - AKA "Ricky"
  • Jeremy C. Cooper, 34, Rome
  • Nadine C. McLeod, 48, of Bronx

Six of the defendants listed above were arrested by law enforcement authorities Tuesday morning and appeared before the United States Magistrate Judge Andrew T. Baxter Tuesday afternoon.

All were ordered detained pending detention hearings scheduled to take place Friday, August 17, beginning at 2 p.m.. A federal detainer was placed on Phillip F. Williams, who is currently in state custody, and who will appear before Judge Baxter in the near future.

The Bronx resident, Nadine McLeod, appeared before a United States Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of New York this morning, and was directed to appear before Judge Baxter on August 21 at 2:00 p.m. for her initial appearance in this district.

If convicted, they each face a term of imprisonment of up to forty 40 years, a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years, and a fine of up to $5,000,000. In addition to the drug charge, defendant Phillip F. Williams is also charged with possessing a firearm in furtherance of the cocaine conspiracy charge, which offense carries a penalty of a mandatory five years imprisonment, to run consecutively to any sentence imposed for the cocaine conspiracy charge.

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