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Troy Man Pleads Guilty to Trafficking a Kilogram of Heroin

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Jose Leon Roldan, age 42, of Troy, New York, pled guilty today to conspiring to distribute a kilogram of heroin.

The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon; Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Division; and Rensselaer County Sheriff Pat Russo.

In pleading guilty, Leon Roldan admitted to working with his father, Carlos Leon Rivera, and Mario Figueroa-Portalatin, to sell heroin in Troy, from November 2019 to March 30, 2020.  Jose Leon admitted to regularly traveling to New York City with his father, where they would acquire heroin from Figueroa’s source of supply.  They brought the heroin back to Troy, where they and Figueroa prepared and packaged it for sale to customers. 

Leon faces at least 10 years and up to life in prison, as well as post-release supervision of at least 5 years and up to life, when Chief United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby sentences him on December 8, 2021. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.

Figueroa-Portalatin, age 42, of Troy, pled guilty on August 11, 2020 to conspiring to distribute 1 kilogram or more of heroin, and is scheduled for sentencing on November 4, 2021.

Leon Rivera, age 63, of Troy, pled guilty on June 9, 2021 to conspiring to distribute 1 kilogram or more of heroin, and is scheduled for sentencing on October 28, 2021.

This case was investigated by the DEA and the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett

Updated July 29, 2021

Drug Trafficking