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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Delaware

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 13, 2015

Three Indicted On Wilmington Heroin Trafficking Charges

WILMINGTON, Del. – Ingrid Gonzalez-Rodriguez, 28, of Philadelphia, Pa., Joseph Collazo, 25, of Wilmington, Del., and Stefano Saienni, 23, of Elkton, Md., were indicted by a federal grand jury today on charges relating to the trafficking of a significant amount of heroin into the Wilmington, Del. area, announced Charles M. Oberly, III, United States Attorney for the District of Delaware. 

According to court documents filed in support of the indictment, Gonzalez-Rodriguez, Collazo, and Saienni conspired to distribute heroin in Delaware.  The case is the result of a four-month investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), which culminated in January 2015 when Gonzalez-Rodriguez was caught delivering two packages of heroin from Philadelphia to Wilmington.  Approximately 5,720 bags of heroin were seized from Gonzalez-Rodriguez, some of which were packaged inside baby diapers.  The heroin is valued at nearly $30,000. 

If convicted, the defendants face charges that carry a maximum penalty of 40 years imprisonment (with a mandatory minimum of five years), up to a lifetime of supervised release (with a mandatory minimum of four years), a fine of up to $5,000,000 and a $100 special assessment.  In addition, Saienni faces a charge for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, which carries an additional mandatory minimum term of five years imprisonment.  The case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Wilmington Tactical Diversion Squad of the DEA.  Assistant United States Attorney Shawn A. Weede and Special Assistant United States Attorney Elizabeth L. Van Pelt are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

Indictments are only charges and are not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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Updated July 14, 2015