ALBANEY – Two New Jersey men have been indicted in connection with an alleged cocaine conspiracy in Schenectady County after an April traffic stop exposed nine kilograms of cocaine, federal prosecutors said.
Officials said state police discovered a traffic stop on Interstate 87 in Greene County on April 2, where the driver of the vehicle initially said he was traveling to Schenectady.
Richard “Ritchie” Sindhe, 56, of Fort Lee, NJ, and Robert “Bobby” Ingrao, 74, of Lodi, NJ, were each charged with conspiracy to possess and intend to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. . For delivering five kilograms or more of cocaine.
If convicted on the charges, he would face at least 10 years in prison and life imprisonment, officials said.
The investigation began just before noon on April 2 on Interstate 87 northbound in Greene County, according to charges filed in court.
Ingrao was then stopped by the state police for window tint violations, as alleged in the criminal complaint. Ingrao reportedly said he was on his way to Schenectady to deliver a vehicle to his friend from a muffler shop in New Jersey.
According to the allegations, the soldier soon determined that Ingrao did not have a valid driver’s license in New Jersey and a suspended license in New York.
In preparing the vehicle for haulage, the soldier discovered a jacket containing a white-powdered residue with a $20 bill inside what the soldier believed to be cocaine. According to the allegations Ingrao allegedly volunteered that he was concerned about “drugs”.
A K-9 soon arrived and then helped search the vehicle and alerted the trunk. Inside, soldiers found a false box, or “trap,” containing nine 1-kilogram packages that tested positive for cocaine, according to the allegations.
Ingrao was then arrested. Officials said he and Sinde were indicted last month for alleged conspiracy in Schenectady and Green counties from March 29 to April 3.
Sindhi was arrested on Friday and released with conditions. Officials said Ingrao is to be produced later.
The case is being investigated by the DEA’s Capital District Drug Enforcement Task Force and prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Michael Barnett.
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