Woman Sentenced For Running Drugs from NYC to the Finger Lakes
A Tioga County woman will serve 7 years in prison for an "Un-Wise" move, running drugs from downstate into the Finger Lakes region.
As a result of an investigation into drug trafficking dubbed "Operation Un-Wise", New York State Attorney General Letittia James' office says Yvette King, who listed a recent address of Ithaca, was arrested and accused of leading a ring, in part made up of members of her family, in funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars-worth of fentanyl-laced heroin and other narcotics through the pipeline.
King has been sentenced by Tioga County Court Judge Gerald Keene to 7 years behind bars and two years on probation following her guilty plea June 15 to felony criminal sale of a controlled substance. King was considered one of the top sellers of heroin in the ring and had solicited her cousin to also sell drugs to customers on her behalf.
King was indicted in 2017, fled New York and was arrested last year in Texas.
As part of "Operation Un-Wise" authorities searched King's home in Tioga County as well as properties in Manhattan, Queens and Tompkins County.
During the searches, authorities seized items seized more than one kilogram of heroin, dozens of grams of cocaine, 14 handguns, three of which were found inside King’s residence, one MAC-11 machine pistol, and narcotics-related paraphernalia.
King was named along with 30 others in a 229-count indictment handed up by a Tioga County Grand Jury in May, 2017. All those named in that indictment have now pleaded guilty.