Yesterday, a sophisticated New York cocaine distribution network that powdered the noses of its upscale clientele was officially indicted yesterday. Three men–“kingpin” Kenny “Jay” Hernandez, Felix “Jake” Nunez and Oscar Almonte ran the show on Lower East Side. They were charged with selling over $75,000 worth of coke in Duane Reade and CVS locations, as well as various bodegas, restaurants, bars, hotels, and “some of the buyers workplaces,” the NY Daily News reports. According to the office of the Manhattan District Attorney:
Members of the ring allegedly used car services to deliver the drugs to buyers, including to delis, restaurants, bars, apartments, hotels, and the buyers’ workplaces. The defendants delivered to locations across Manhattan, including the Lower East Side, the Upper East Side, Chelsea, the Financial District, and Midtown, as well as areas of Brooklyn and Queens. Many of the sales took place in delis or Duane Reade and CVS pharmacies. Customers generally paid between $200 and $300 per transaction.
Also indicted were 18 of the trio’s well-to-do clients (labeled as “key repeat buyers”) who used the crew’s “high-end, on-demand service.” According to records, they were all charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. The Daily News reports:
The investigation began in May 2015 when one of the ring’s customers, 29-year-old investment banker Thomas Hughes, jumped from the roof of his building at 1 West St. in Lower Manhattan and killed himself.
Cops found cocaine in his apartment, and found his dealer’s number on his cell phone.
One of the custies indicted was Mark Crumpacker, the Chief Marketing and Development Officer for Chipotle, who made $4.3 million in 2015, according to Business Insider. Other affluent buyers include Katie Welnhofer, staffer for FOX Business’ Mornings with Maria (held on $15,000 bail) and Merrill Lynch client associate Christopher Dodson was charged with buying $7,600 worth of blow (held on $30,000 bond).