Major Drug Seizure of Cocaine and Fentanyl in Monticello



According to Acting District Attorney of Sullivan County, Brian Conaty, a significant seizure of narcotics occurred in the Village of Monticello.

During the early morning hours of January 4, a “no-knock” search warrant occurred at the Inn at Monticello, resulting in the arrest of Lito Solis.

According to the DA, Solis was found to possess more than eight ounces of crack cocaine and six grams of fentanyl with the intent to sell.

The arrest stems from an investigation headed by the New York State Police’s Violent Gang Narcotics Enforcement Team with the assistance of the DA’s Office.

Solis was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree, a Class A-I Felony, among other charges.

According to the DA, following Solis’s arraignment, Solis was remanded to the Sullivan County Jail without bail by Village of Liberty Justice Troy Johnstone.

Conaty said, “The quantity of narcotics seized here endangers the Sullivan County community at large. This Office remains committed to prosecuting those who profit off the backs of Sullivan County residents suffering from the dangers of drug addiction.”

Recently, Acting DA Conaty was appointed Co-Chair of the Sullivan County Drug Task Force.

Sullivan County continues to have the highest number of overdose deaths caused by opioids and fentanyl in New York State outside of New York City.

According to the annual report by the New York State Department of Health, the number of overdose deaths involving any opioid increased each year between 2010 and 2017, with an overall increase of 200.2 percent from 1,074 in 2010 to 3,224 in 2017.

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