ALBANY (WKBW) Michael Williams, 27, of Albany, was sentenced to 112 years in prison Wednesday in Albany County Court. He is the first of three men convicted in the case to be sentenced.
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office headed up the prosecution, claiming Williams was a lead drug runner in a ring that distributed heroin, cocaine, and prescription narcotics throughout the capital region, New York City, and Vermont.
An 18-month investigation by the Attorney General's office, the New York State Police, and Albany Police Department led to 52 arrests in the ring in 2012. Investigators believe the origins of the ring date as far back as 1993.
Williams and two other accused "major traffickers" received a total of 45 felony convictions in May of this year. Guy Anderson and Jamel Pearson, both of Albany, could receive life sentences.
The trial stages in the 49 other cases vary.