NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Nine members of a major cocaine trafficking ring were arraigned Wednesday.
As WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported, prosecutors used a wiretap and videotape as evidence to round up the members of the ring that operated in Manhattan, the Bronx and New Jersey.
A lead defendant, Ralph Ben Cotto, was held without bail and charged as a major trafficker under the state’s drug kingpin law.
Assistant District Attorney Christopher Ryan told the court Cotto was seen on videotape exchanging money for two kilos of cocaine with co-defendant Angel Alvarez. The prosecutor said the exchange took place in the presence of Alvarez’s toddler, who is seen looking over the backseat as the drug deal is made.