Prison For Another Of Montauk 17 Drug Ring

Taylor K. Vescey
Elvin Silva-Ruiz, second from right, was sentenced last week to four years in prison.

The last of the men charged last summer with major felonies related to a drug dealing ring in Montauk was sentenced on June 13 in the county courtroom of State Justice Mark Cohen.

Elvin Silva-Ruiz had previously pleaded guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance, an A felony, and conspiracy. Cohen sentenced him to two concurrent sentences. He received a sentence of four years in prison on the drug dealing charge, plus five years post-release supervision, and 1 1/3 to 4 years on the conspiracy charge.

Christopher Brocato, Silva-Ruiz’s attorney, asked the judge to make sure that whatever facility upstate Silva-Ruiz is sent to, that they are alerted that the prisoner requires dialysis three times a week, with no more than 72 hours between each session.

The judge asked if Silva-Ruiz, who was known in Montauk as Pito, had anything to say before he pronounced sentence. “I’d like to apologize to the people of Montauk,” the manacled prisoner said. “I know it was wrong.” He added, “I want another opportunity to do things the right way in the future continued.”

Geraldo Vargas-Munoz, who pleaded guilty in February to being a major drug trafficker, was sentenced last month to 11 years in state prison, the longest sentence meted out by Cohen. William Crespo-Duran, aka Flaco, was was sentenced to 8 1/3 to 25 years in prison in April.

Antonio Ramirez-Gonzalez is now serving three to nine years. Six other men were convicted of lesser felony charges, and were sentenced to about one year in prison, with most already released.

Angel DeJesus-Rodriguez, also considered one of the key players in the ring, which was based out of Rincon, Puerto Rico, was never found by police and is a wanted man.

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