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Rockland County Highway Employee Charged With Selling Cocaine

District Attorney Thomas Zugibe has announced the arrest of a Rockland County Highway Department employee as part of a larger drug operation.
District Attorney Thomas Zugibe has announced the arrest of a Rockland County Highway Department employee as part of a larger drug operation. Photo Credit: Office of District Attorney/North Rockland

NEW CITY, N.Y. -- A West Nyack resident who is a Rockland Highway Department employee has been charged with selling cocaine as part of a countywide drug network that was recently uncovered during a federal investigation, according to lohud.com.

Bernard Hughes III, 56, has been suspended following his arrest over the weekend. Hughes is one of 11 people charged with selling cocaine during work hours, said lohud.com.

The charges are the results of hundreds of hours of investigation and surveillance over the past 12 months dubbed "Operation No Goode," led by the Rockland County Drug Task Force, said Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe.

During Operation No Goode, police reported observing several defendants participate in the sale of cocaine and crack cocaine to confidential informants working with law enforcement and to an undercover police officer. The group also used wiretaps to intercept numerous communications in which the defendants discussed trafficking cocaine and crack and arranged sales of both drugs.

Hughes, considered a low-level dealer in the operation, is one of six people scooped up during the investigation into the a large drug operation run by Congers resident Jemel Goode and his brother, said lohud.com.

Hughes, who was released without bail, faces up to seven years in prison, added lohud.com.

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