ITHACA, N.Y. — Authorities continue to search for four suspects wanted in connection with a heroin drug trafficking investigation led by the New York Attorney General’s office.

Last week, the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office listed six people as “wanted” in connection with the investigation. Two on the list were apprehended are currently being held in the Tioga County Jail, according to jail records, but the sheriff’s office is still seeking information on the remaining four.

On Wednesday, the state attorney general’s office announced the arrests and 217-count indictment of 31 people who are charged with distributing mass quantities of heroin from New York City and through the Finger Lakes region.

Thirteen people charged were from Ithaca, and more were from Tompkins County.

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The five-month operation was a collaboration between local and state law enforcement agencies led by the attorney general’s office.

Early on the morning of Wednesday, May 10, various law enforcement agencies operated from a command post out of the Tioga County Emergency Operations Center, and apprehended 23 of the people listed in the indictments.

According to a news release from the attorney general’s office, Ithaca-based Arthur Erskine, 40, was allegedly a central figure in the heroin distribution network. Erskine allegedly purchased heroin from New York City and had a residence in the Bronx and two houses in Cayuga Heights, which were used for trafficking heroin, the charges allege.

The mother of Erskine’s children, Aylah Stewart-Boda, 25, was also part of the heroin distribution network, the attorney general’s office said.

“Prosecutors allege that Stewart involved her entire family in her heroin trafficking, having her mother, Lynn Boda [50] distribute heroin in Ithaca; her older sister, Myia Boda, [31,] sell heroin; and her younger sister, Destiny Boda, [25,] mule drugs to other re-sellers,” a news release said.

Aylah Stewart-Boda, Lynn Boda, Myia Boda and Destiny Boda were all listed in Tioga County Jail on May 10. However, Arthur Erskine is one of the four still sought by the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office.

Others still listed as “wanted” include Nichole Spence, of Ithaca, Yvette King, of Lansing and Zachary Kelly, of the Bronx.

Two people have been taken into custody who were originally sought, according to jail records.

Angelo LeGrande, of Ithaca, is currently being held in Tioga County Jail without bail. Brandon Schmeltz, of Spencer, is also at the Tioga County Jail as of Monday and is being held on $50,000 bail, an official at the jail said.

Anyone with information on the remaining suspects is asked to contact the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office at 607-687-1010.

Kelsey O'Connor

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at koconnor@ithacavoice.com and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.