Albany Police Say a Massive Sting Called "Operation Turnbuckle" Took Out 18 Gangbangers in Upstate NY

A whole slew of bad guys was taken off Upstate NY streets last week when police and Marshals joined forces to target a group that was allegedly responsible for distributing dangerous narcotics in areas throughout the city of Albany.

According to News 10 ABC, the massive sting called "Operation Turnbuckle" was headed up by the Albany Police Department and Marshals in March, and after a month or so of watching and waiting, they struck last week and arrested a total of 18 gang members and drug dealers and in the process, confiscated drugs, guns, and money.

When it was all said and done, here's what Albany Police say they took off the streets:

  • 273 grams of crack cocaine.
  • 349 grams of powder cocaine
  • 4 grams of heroin
  • 9 grams of Fentanyl
  • 424 bags of Fentanyl
  • 100 bags of Suboxone strips
  • Three loaded handguns
  • $12,884 in U.S. currency

The charges lobbied against the 18 arrested vary; many were charged with criminal possession of drugs with intent to sell while some were popped with illegal guns and drugs during "Operation Turnbuckle."

Of the 18 arrested, 17 were from the immediate Capital Region, and one arrested was from North Carolina.

According to News 10 ABC, they are:

  • Rasheem Andrews, 42, of Albany
  • Anthony Walker, 42, of Latham
  • Nigel Richards, 37, of Albany
  • Jose Rosado, 61, of Albany
  • Luther Irby, 63, of Albany
  • Adrian Kelley, 44, of Albany
  • Edward Shaw, 46, of Albany
  • Shelton McCoy, 24, of Troy
  • Emanuel Landy, 31, of Albany
  • Shamer Thomas, 30, of Albany
  • Robert Craig, 61, of Albany
  • Leroy Standford, 35, of Albany
  • Kenneth Neely, 57, of Albany
  • Kimani Barkley, 45, of Troy
  • .Jahmel Inman, 28, of Albany
  • Stephanie Bonds, 34, of Albany
  • Jamel Mayo, 22, of Albany
  • Duante Ethridge, 20, of Durham, North Carolina

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