"Super Meth" Appears in Buffalo

January 18, 2013 Updated Jan 18, 2013 at 7:46 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

January 18, 2013 Updated Jan 18, 2013 at 7:46 PM EDT


Buffalo, NY

It was allegedly an elaborate drug ring involving a Bank of America employee, shipment points from Mexico, to L.A. to Buffalo and the drugs were all transported into the Queen City through the U.S. postal service.

U.S. Attorney William Hochul Jr. along with Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement officials announced the arrest of seven suspects charged with drug conspiracy and money laundering Friday.

The alleged ring leader is 42 year old Steven Bennett, of Buffalo. Investigators say Bennett was part of a westside gang called the "Taliban" in Buffalo and also part of the "Rolling 60's" gang in L.A., tied to the "L.A. Crips." It was Bennett's L.A. connection that gave him access to a form of Mexican Meth that is 99 percent pure.

To give you an idea of how potent that is, the Meth seen in Western New York is only 20 percent pure.

Thirty-two year old Jessica Lopez, a Bank of America employee in Buffalo was arrested for her part in the money laundering scheme, 26 year old Phillip Keomongkoun of Buffalo, 21 year old Malcom Bull of Jamestown, 49 year old Nikki Lillard of Buffalo, 29 year old Chandra Woods of Los Angeles, and Guy Burt were also arrested.

This investigation began back in July of 2012 and quickly came together through telephone wire-tapping and surveillance.

Authorities say this "super Meth" could sell for $24,000 a pound in the Buffalo area, that's $16,000 more than it retails for in Southern California.

Numerous weapons were also seized.