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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • ‘Major’ drug trafficker arrested

  • A Hammondsport man who authorities called a “major” upstate drug trafficker was taken down Tuesday night by federal agents in Monroe County.

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  • A Hammondsport man who authorities called a “major” upstate drug trafficker was taken down Tuesday night by federal agents in Monroe County.
    Rochester-based Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrested Vincent S. Long late Tuesday after a traffic stop in Monroe County. Authorities said Long had more than two pounds of powder cocaine in his vehicle, according to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, which spearheaded the investigation.
    Long was arrested on a Superior Court warrant after a Steuben County grand injury handed up a sealed indictment earlier this year, meaning authorities had evidence Long allegedly trafficked drugs in upstate New York before finding cocaine in his vehicle Tuesday.
    Additional charges will be filed later to address the cocaine allegedly found in Long’s possession Tuesday, police said.
    The Superior Court warrant charged Long with second-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class A felony; third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony; and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony.
    Steuben County Undersheriff Ray Dell said Long was allegedly supplying cocaine to the Rochester area. Typically, narcotics are trafficked from Rochester to the Southern Tier, according to police.
    “The Southern Tier supplying Rochester – that’s something,” Dell said. “It’s taken us quite some time to put this together. It’s major, major.”
    Police said the investigation that led to Long’s arrest has been ongoing for a year. The investigation is continuing, including into where Long procured the cocaine he allegedly distributed.
    Long was arraigned Wednesday morning in Steuben County Court and jailed on $500,000 cash bail.
    Long has served time in state prison for attempted assault. Also, he’s been an inmate at the Steuben County Jail multiple times since 1998, Dell said.
    The Steuben County District Attorney’s Office and the Corning and Bath police departments assisted the sheriff’s office and the DEA.

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