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“Operation Hot Lunch” yields 30 arrests, largest gun trafficking case in Orange history

“Operation Hot Lunch” yields 30 arrests, largest gun trafficking case in Orange history

GOSHENIn their summary of the multi-agency investigation, Orange County Sheriff Paul Arteta and District Attorney David Hoovler stated on Wednesday that law enforcement had broken up a $3.3 million cocaine ring in the City of Newburgh and other Hudson Valley towns.

Hoovler observed that a food truck located 150 feet away from the Newburgh City Courthouse was selling drugs and firearms, which he was unaware were being offered alongside sandwiches.

Throughout the course of the investigation, food was purchased there at various times by police officers, court officers, and citizens. He claimed that because they were unaware of what was happening there, they were able to conceal themselves quite successfully.

The Newburgh, Middletown, and Poughkeepsie police departments, the State Police, the Hudson Valley Crime Analysis Center, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives were some of the organizations collaborating with the Orange County Sheriff and DA.

Kirkland Salmon was allegedly at the core of four distinct plots to smuggle guns and drugs across Orange County, according to the investigation.

Police found 31 guns, more than 12 kilograms of cocaine, 90 grams of fentanyl, high-capacity magazines, multiple rounds of ammunition, approximately $45,000 in cash, scales, packing items used in drug trafficking, 10 cars, and one food truck during the course of the investigation, which lasted several months.


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