DATE/TIME: Friday, August 27th, 2004 / 02:23 PM
SUBJECT:Agencies Break Major Cocaine Distribution Ring

The Schenectady Police Department was among six agencies whose nearly one year investigation has led to the indictment by a federal grand jury of eleven individuals dubbed the "uptown untouchables."

The defendants where charged in a nine count indictment with conspiracy to distribute cocaine from New York City to Schenectady and elsewhere between August 2003 and June 2004. Also, nine of the defendants were charged with the substantive charges of distribution of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine on various days between January 2004 and June 2004. The maximum possible penalty is life imprisonment and a fine of $4,000,000.00, with a statutory minimum penalty of imprisonment for ten years.

About 10 pounds of cocaine and $130,000 in cash were seized during the course of the investigation. The indictment seeks a judgement against all the defendants in the amount of $1,125,932.00, and the forfeiture of five pieces of real estate and five automobiles.

Also participating in the investigation was the Capital District Drug Enforcement Task Force, the New York State Attorney General's Organized Crime Task Force, the New York State Police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of New York.

The following individuals have been charged:

Redmond Andre McKinnon, 1010 Regent Street, Schenectady, NY
William J. Pendelton, 56A West Street, Ballston Spa, NY
Daniel Williams, 544 North Brandywine Avenue, Schenectady, NY
John E. Howard,III, 544 Paige Street, Schenectady, NY
Roland J. Riggins, 829 Salina Street, Schenectady, NY
Glenn Smith, Jr, 202 Furman Street, Schenectady, NY
Affis Cruz, 511 West 135th Street, Apt. 3D, New York, NY
Santiago Castillo, 1580 West Glover Street, Bronx, NY
Kenneth Gibson, 152 Maple Avenue, Scotia, NY
Christopher Restifo, 198 Marriott Avenue, Schenectady, NY