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Buffalo couple charged with selling heroin that caused man's death

Heroin meeting at North Park Theatre
Posted at 11:18 AM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 11:18:04-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A federal grand jury has returned a 10-count indictment against a Buffalo couple for selling heroin that caused the death of a 24-year old man.

Orlando Albert Arroyo, a/k/a Landy and Genesis Tolentino-Cruz are charged with distribution of heroin causing death, narcotics conspiracy, distribution of heroin, maintaining a drug-involved premises, and possession of firearms.

According to the Assistant U.S. Attorney, Buffalo rescue crews found the unresponsive victim on February 27, 2019.
Buffalo Homicide Detectives discovered four green wax envelopes commonly used to package heroin and a plastic straw with white powder residue. Investigators determined that the victim's girlfriend was in contact with a phone number used by the defendants for the distribution of heroin.

Between March 30 and April 19, 2019, investigators conducted six controlled purchases of heroin from the defendants. In each case, the drug purchases contained heroin.

If convicted, Arroyo and Tolentino-Cruz face a minimum of 20 years and up to life in prison, and a $1,000,000 fine.