Alleged Members Of Drug Trafficking Organization Arrested
PHILADELPHIA - Federal agents arrested 12 alleged members of a Dominican-based drug trafficking organization. An indictment, unsealed yesterday, charges 19 defendants with conspiracy to distribute a kilogram or more of heroin. A separate criminal complaint also charges a 20th defendant in the conspiracy. The indictment alleges that the defendants were members of the Acosta-Cruz Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) and were engaged in trafficking heroin in Philadelphia and elsewhere. Francisco Javier Acosta-Cruz is the alleged leader of the DTO. Of the 20 individuals charged, three were already in custody and five defendants remain at-large. The arrests were announced by United States Attorney Zane David Memeger and Acting Special Agent-in-Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration Vito Guarino.
Charged in the indictment with Acosta-Cruz are Jose Alberto Nunez, 33, Pennsauken, NJ, Marvin DeLeon, 27, Philadelphia, PA, Angel Guzman, 33, Philadelphia, PA, Massiel Rodriguez, 26, Pennsauken, NJ, Yudelka Gonzalea, 36, Philadelphia, PA, Jhovanni Gonzalez, 29, Philadelphia, PA, Edinson Benitz, New York, NY, Samuel LNU (Last Name Unknown), New York, NY, Rafael David Ramirez, 41, New York, NY, Hector Gonzalez, 42, Harrisburg, PA, Ruby Latimer, Philadelphia, PA, Terrance Shawn Jefferies, 25, Philadelphia, PA, Ali Ferrell, 26, Philadelphia, PA, Andrew Rodriguez, 23, Philadelphia, PA, David Torres, 25, Philadelphia, PA, and Cynett Rivera, 22, Philadelphia, PA. Frayvel Santos, 22, Philadelphia, PA, is charged in the criminal complaint.
According to the indictment, the DTO obtained the heroin from sources of supply in New York and elsewhere. The DTO distributed the drugs in various areas of Philadelphia and elsewhere, including Hope and Cambria Streets and Custer and Clearfield Streets. Additionally, the DTO maintained a number of stash houses where the heroin was packaged and branded, including houses located at: 146 East Sterner Street, 642 Diamond Street, and 6800 Bingham Street.
In addition to the conspiracy charge, defendants Nunez, Marvin DeLeon, Yudelka Gonzalez, and Massiel Rodriguez are charged with employing a juvenile in a drug operation. Defendants Ferrell and Burton also face gun charges.
If convicted of all charges, each defendant faces a minimum possible sentence of 10 years in prison.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Maureen McCartney.
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