Rockland County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force Makes Seven Arrests in “Operation Clean Streets”

On Thursday, Rockland County District Attorney Thomas E. Walsh II revealed that a months-long probe led to the arrest of seven locals on charges of distributing cocaine, fentanyl, and prescription pills. The investigation, dubbed “Operation Clean Streets,” targeted narcotics dealings in the Village of Spring Valley, Town of Clarkstown, and the Town and Village of Haverstraw.

Among those arrested include:

  • Edwin Salazar Ramirez, 23, from Spring Valley, NY, facing two counts each of Criminal Possession and Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.
  • Oscar Palencia Lopez, 19, also from Spring Valley, stands accused on three counts each of Criminal Possession and Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.
  • Carlos Valle Cazares, 37, from Nanuet, NY, with four counts each of Criminal Possession and Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.
  • Refar Maisonneuve, 37, of Nanuet, facing two counts each of Criminal Possession and Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.
  • Rafael Olivo, 59, from Stony Point, charged with two counts each of Criminal Possession and Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree.
  • Danielle Logan, 38, from Congers, NY, facing two counts each of Criminal Possession and Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree.
  • James Valle, 26, of Nyack, NY, with four counts each of Criminal Possession and Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.

This recent crackdown is a continuation of the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office’s aggressive anti-narcotics initiative. In a notable incident earlier this week, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) confirmed that the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office Drug Task Force collaborated with multiple agencies to seize over 100 pounds of various narcotics, estimated to be worth $4 million, from a Bronx pizzeria.

Additionally, in February, a Congers resident was taken into custody, and five kilos of cocaine were seized following a cooperative effort between the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office Drug Task Force and DEA.

DA Walsh praised the collective efforts, stating, “Thursday’s announcement emphasizes the determination of multiple law enforcement agencies coming together to eliminate dangerous drugs from our streets.” He reiterated his office’s commitment to tirelessly working with state and federal counterparts since 2020 to persecute individuals perpetrating these drug-related crimes.

It is crucial to remember that a criminal complaint is merely an assertion, and all defendants should be deemed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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