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Two-month investigation into heroin trafficking ends in arrests

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A two-month investigation into heroin trafficking in the City of Utica has ended with multiple arrests.

According to State Police, on Wednesday, May 12, 2010, the New York State Police CNET (Community Narcotics Enforcement Team) executed a no-knock search warrant at 807 Sherman Place in Utica after a two month investigation into heroin trafficking in Utica and the surrounding towns.

During the search of the residence, investigators said they found roughly five ounces of heroin, a large amount of cash, packaging material, and a scale.

The occupants of the residence, Lady Lopez, 25, and Eddie Martinez, 21, were each charged with one count of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Also on Wednesday, related to this investigation, Joel Ciotti, 45, of Floyd was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after he was found in possession of numerous baggies of heroin ready for sale along with U.S. Currency.

Lopez and Martinez were arraigned in Utica City Court and sent to the Oneida County Jail with no bail. Ciotti was arraigned in the Village of New York Mills Court and sent to the Oneida County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail. State Police said further charges are pending at this time.

CNET was assisted in the Search Warrant and the arrests of the defendants by members of the Utica Police Metro Unit, uniformed members of the State Police, and by the State Police (SORT) Special Operations Response Team.

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