BUFFALO, N.Y.---( release) U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. and Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) John P. Gilbride announced today that eight individuals have been charged by Complaint with conspiracy to traffic heroin in the Jamestown, New York area. Victor Anguiera, a/k/a Pito, Victor Monge, a/k/a/ Pee Wee, Boris Aguayo-Matos, a/k/a Bori, a/k/a Mikey, Jose Altreche, Jesus Trinidad-Rivera, Jayson Rodriguez-Irizarry, Ricardo Ortiz and Nelson Areizaga-Rosa are specifically charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, one kilogram or more of a mixture and substance containing heroin. The charge carries a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, a fine up to $10,000,000 or both.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Duszkiewicz, who is prosecuting the case, stated that the Affidavit in support of the Complaint describes the investigation leading to the arrest of the defendants - identified as part of a narcotics trafficking organization - as involving multiple law enforcement agencies and multiple areas of the country. The Affidavit further describes numerous law enforcement techniques utilized by the investigators, including Court-ordered wiretaps and search warrants, and extensive police surveillance.
The Affidavit identifies several intercepted telephone conversations occurring in March, including conversations in which a shipment of heroin and the storing of a substantial amount of money were discussed. On March 17, 2011, authorities stopped a Lincoln Navigator traveling approximately 78 miles per hour on Interstate 86 occupied by defendants Trinidad-Rivera, Rodriguez-Irizarry, Ortiz and Areizaga-Rosa. Police later seized approximately $60,000 hidden in the spare tire following a search of this vehicle.
Authorities thereafter executed multiple Court-ordered search warrants upon multiple residences in Jamestown. Inside 512 East 6th Street, authorities recovered approximately one-half kilogram of heroin and significant packaging material. At 51 Conewango Street, police found 18 bundles of heroin inside a vacuum cleaner, while inside 248 Broadhead, authorities retrieved approximately 74 grams of heroin, an ounce of marijuana, and two guns. A search of a residence in Ohio, meanwhile, revealed between $200,000 and $300,000 in United States Currency and a drug ledger.
Police also searched multiple cars, locating an additional 25.5 ounces of heroin and a handgun from a vehicle driven by Aguayo-Matos.
United States Attorney Hochul stated that “this represents one of the largest heroin seizures ever in the Jamestown area. This case demonstrates the tremendous benefit to the community when multiple law enforcement agencies work together to target an entire narcotics trafficking organization. My Office is fully committed to prosecuting organizations that seek to traffic large quantities of narcotics in this District.”
DEA Special Agent in Charge John P. Gilbride stated, “From suburban to rural to urban areas - all communities are facing the danger of drug abuse. Heroin use is on the rise in our cities and towns- this seizure of heroin means that there are approximately 45,000 less heroin glassines for sale today on the streets of Buffalo. This drug trafficking group has been denied half a million dollars worth of drug proceeds and now faces the consequences of their actions. DEA and our law enforcement partners are committed to working together in order to eradicate drug trafficking on our streets and make our communities a place that individuals do not have to fear drugs, guns or violence.”
The Complaint is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of John P. Gilbride, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department under the direction of Sheriff Joseph Gerace and the Southern Tier Regional Task Force, under the direction of Lt. David Bentley.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.