Nine Arrested In Cross-Country Meth Pipeline

BINGHAMTON- Eleven people were arrested this week as part of an investigation into an Arizona-to-Binghamton methamphetamine pipeline according to officials from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Postal Inspection Service, State Police and DEA.

Officials said the bust  dubbed “Operation Hailstorm” was an attempt to stymie the flow of drugs from Mexico and the southwestern United States into the Southern Tier of New York.

“Mexican drug traffickers succeeded in flooding the market with opioids, and now they are trying to do the same with methamphetamine,” said James Hunt, the DEA’s New York Special Agent in Charge.

“These arrests demonstrate [we are] determined to not let that happen.”

Nine suspects were charged in federal court Wednesday as part of the meth bust, with the Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin reporting Thursday two more people were arrested in connection with the ring.

Officials unsealed a grand jury’s indictment in the alleged meth dealing and money laundering scheme.

Ten people conspired to distribute more than 50 grams of meth in Broome County from January 2015 to September 2017 according to the indictment.

Some members of the group are accused of laundering proceeds from the drug dealing through wire transfers.

The indictment names the following suspects:

  • Alonzo Lamar “L” Harris, 42, of Arizona
  • Charles “C” Green, 42, of Endicott
  • Akuan “Bleek” Johnson, 38, of Binghamton
  • Vincent “VI” Harrell, 39, of Endicott
  • Kenneth “KB” Wilson, 46, of Endicott
  • Rachel “R” Millard, 30, of Endicott
  • Jolene Barrett, 41, of Johnson City
  • Misti Evans, 37, of Endicott
  • Amanda Kamp, 37, of Deposit