Feds Bust Multiple Employees in Auto Body Shops in Bronx for Dealing Drugs
Now nine members of a drug gang have been indicted by the feds for selling heroin out of Bronx auto body shops.
The following have been charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine: ADALBERTO VELAZQUEZ, a/k/a “Joe,” RAYMOND RESTO, a/k/a “Tone,” SAL CASTRO, a/k/a “Floss,” JOEL LOPEZ, a/k/a “Rompiendoe,” a/k/a “Paul,” a/k/a “Po,” WILLIS LLERAS, a/k/a “Willy,” REINALDO ROMAN, a/k/a “Papo,” JAIME GARCIA, a/k/a “Jimmy,” ANTONIO BURGOS, a/k/a “Anthony,” and MARILYN ADINO.
According to the allegations in the Indictment and statements made in Court:
The defendants were members of a drug trafficking organization (the “DTO”) that packaged and sold narcotics out of multiple auto body shops and garages in the Bronx.
From 2015 to February 2019, the DTO is estimated to have distributed hundreds of kilograms of cocaine and heroin.
Much of the heroin that the DTO distributed was mixed with fentanyl.
U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “As alleged, these defendants were a network that outwardly offered to fix cars but was really an organization that would supply a fix of heroin or cocaine. Thanks to the work of the DEA and its Strike Force partners, we have delivered a body blow to these allegedly drug-peddling body shops.”
VELAZQUEZ, 50, RESTO, 43, CASTRO, 39, LLERAS, 63, ROMAN, 55, GARCIA, 53, BURGOS, 46, and ADINO, 49, each of the Bronx, New York, and LOPEZ, 39, of New York, New York, are each charged with one count of conspiring to distribute cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison.
The maximum potential sentences in this case are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendants will be determined by the judge.
Berman praised the outstanding investigative work of the DEA.
The arrest was the result of an investigation by the New York Strike Force, a crime-fighting unit comprising federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies supported by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and the New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).
DEA Special Agent in Charge Raymond Donovan said: “These arrests will have a significant impact on the heroin/fentanyl supply in the Bronx.
“DEA’s goal is to keep the public safe from the dangers of drug abuse. One way of doing that is to target local distribution organizations responsible for attracting new users, enabling addiction and contributing to overdoses in our city.
“I applaud the Strike Force and U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York, for their diligent work throughout this investigation.”
The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.