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Pearl River Man Arrested on Drug Charges by Rockland County Drug Task Force & Orangetown PD

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PEARL RIVER, NY – Rockland County District Attorney Thomas E. Walsh II announced today the arrest of a Pearl River man by members of the Rockland County Drug Task Force in coordination with the Orangetown Police Department, after complaints of drug sales were received on the TIP411 hotline.

Daryl Wright, 38, of Pearl River, NY, was arrested on an active arrest warrant for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3 rd  and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3 rd . On April 8, 2021 the Orangetown Police and members of the Rockland County Drug Task Force arrested Darryl Wright in the area of E. Crooked Hill Rd Pearl River. This warrant was a result of an investigation by the Rockland County Drug Task Force with assistance from the Orangetown Police Department, in response to complaints from the community regarding open air drug transactions in the Pearl River area. Complaints from the community were made to both the Orangetown Police Department and the District Attorney’s TIP 411.

“I want to commend the excellent teamwork between the Rockland County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force and the Orangetown Police Department in apprehending the alleged suspect. The use of the TIP411 hotline and the immediate investigation and arrest show how important these tools are for combating crime in our community.” said District Attorney Walsh. Darryl Wright was processed at the Orangetown Police Department and arraigned virtually in the Town of Orangetown Justice Court.

“The investigation that resulted in the arrest was the direct result of community members providing information on illegal activity in our neighborhoods. I commend the Drug Task Force who are an important component in our overall effort to get dealers out of our communities and provide help to the people who are victimized by the suppliers of dangerous drugs. Our
participation in the Hope Not Handcuffs program is here to help any person struggling with substance addiction 833-428-HOPE”, said Orangetown Police Chief Donald Butterworth.

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Rockland County Man Convicted for Felony Illegal Commercialization of Ivory

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ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and New York County District Attorney’s (DA) Office today announced the conviction of a Rockland County man for felony illegal commercialization of elephant ivory worth approximately $70,000, concluding a joint investigation that first began in 2020. On Feb. 8, defendant Kenneth Kerner, 59, from the town of Clarkstown pleaded guilty to a class D Felony for the illegal commercialization of ivory over $25,000. The judge’s sentence mandated five years’ probation, 200 hours of community service, an obligation to donate $10,000 to a wildlife Non-Governmental Organization, relinquishing the three ivory pool cues offered during the illicit sale, and reimbursing the DA’s Office for the $15,000 cash. Kerner was also compelled to post a public statement on his social media account to increase awareness and discourage the illegal ivory trade.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “I applaud the hard work, diligence, and dedication of DEC’s Division of Law Enforcement and our partners at the New York County District Attorney’s Office in investigating this case and bringing the defendant to justice. The fight to protect the world’s wild elephant population is ongoing and New York remains on the front lines of that fight as we bust the businesses that fuel the illegal ivory trade and promote, directly or indirectly, the horrific and senseless poaching of these awe-inspiring animals.”

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said, “Kenneth Kerner illegally sold and offered for sale $70,000 in pool cues manufactured from elephant ivory. In Manhattan, we will continue to hold those accountable who attempt to take part in the illegal ivory trade. I thank our law enforcement partners for their partnership in this case.”

Investigators from the New York County District Attorney’s Office and DEC Division of Law Enforcement Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigators (BECI) began a joint investigation in summer 2020 into the illegal commercialization of billiard cues made of elephant ivory. The high-end items, with asking prices as high as $45,000, were offered for sale on social media sites. Undercover Investigators contacted the seller and arranged an in-person buy in September 2020. The seller offered three ivory cues for sale, one of them for $15,000. Once the BECI Investigator cleared the sale, Officers with the District Attorney’s Office arrested the seller.

DEC Division of Law Enforcement Director Karen Przyklek said, “A precise and coordinated effort by two elite law enforcement divisions resulted in the shutdown of another lucrative illegal ivory operation. I hope this serves as a message to other sellers of illegal ivory in New York City and beyond that my Officers will investigate these cases thoroughly and ensure lawbreakers are held accountable.”

John F. Calvelli, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) said, “We congratulate the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and New York County District Attorney’s Office for their continued efforts to enforce laws around the sale of elephant ivory. This effort in New York State is vital to efforts to protect elephants in Africa and Asia. We were proud to partner with DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos on our ’96 Elephants’ campaign to strengthen the law banning the sale of elephant ivory in New York State. At WCS, our teams in the elephant range countries have seen the positive effects of governments across the world taking stands to end the sale of elephant ivory.”

Wild elephant populations worldwide number fewer than 500,000 and are listed as endangered species. New York’s Environmental Conservation Law makes the sale of ivory without a permit illegal.

In 2014, New York State strengthened its laws on interstate ivory sales, increasing penalties against buyers and sellers whose actions further endanger elephant populations worldwide. Since the law took effect, DEC has focused on the illegal ivory trade and charged several corporations and individuals, including those brought down during “Operation White Gold,” an undercover operation launched by DEC’s Division of Law Enforcement from 2015 to 2018 in New York City focused on high-end antique dealers and wholesale distributors throughout the five boroughs. The ivory seized during the undercover operation weighed two tons and had a combined market value of more than $12 million. DEC destroyed most of the seized ivory in a massive crush in New York City’s Central Park in 2017.

In May, 2023, just prior to Endangered Species Day, DEC partnered with the New York State Museum to announce a new display featuring some of the remaining ivory as a reminder of the rampant and continued slaughter of the African elephant, rhinoceros, and other majestic endangered species that fuel the transnational illegal trade in wildlife. The display remains at the New York State Museum for visitors to observe. More information is on DEC’s website and at the New York State Museum website.

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Ramapo PD Makes Arrest Following Larceny at Mechanic Shop in Airmont

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ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY – On February 14, 2024, Ramapo Police detectives were assigned to investigate a stolen vehicle from a mechanic shop located in the Village of Airmont. The victim reported that the 2021 Nissan was removed from the parking lot unlawfully.

Through investigative work, detectives were able to identify the suspect and link the 23-year-old male to another larceny that occurred at Walmart in Suffern several hours earlier. On February 15th, the above suspect was arrested by the NYPD while still in possession of the stolen vehicle.

Ramapo Detectives took custody of the above male on the open charges and the vehicle was returned to the owner. The charges against the suspect included Grand Larceny 3rd Degree (Felony), Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, (Misd.) and Petit Larceny (Misd.).

The suspect was arraigned and issued an Appearance Ticket pending a future court appearance.

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