Nine people have been charged with operating a heroin distribution ring in Schenectady.
The U.S. Attorney’s office said on Monday that the group distributed over a kilogram of heroin in the city in the last two years. In executing search warrants in Schenectady and the Bronx, law enforcement seized hundreds of grams of heroin, cash, and heroin-processing materials.
Most of the defendants were arrested on Dec. 20, 2018. All are charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute heroin.
One defendant, Esteban Ressy, 43, of Schenectady was arrested on Jan. 8, 2019 in Puerto Rico. Jose Cortes-Cruz, 28, of Schenectady, was arrested on Jan. 22, 2019.
Two Amsterdam men, Gregory Insogna, 45, and Patrick McNamara, 47, were taken into federal custody on Jan. 23, 2019.
The other defendants are Jean Carlos Rivera-Perez, 44, of Bronx, Leamzy Soto Calderon, 28, Linette Marie Soto, 24, Kristen Jansen, 27, all of Schenectady.
Ressy faces at least 15 years and up to life in prison, and a maximum fine of $20 million.
Rivera-Perez, Calderon, and Soto each face at least 10 years and up to life in prison, and a maximum fine of $10 million.
Jansen and Insogna each face at least five years and up to 40 years in prison, and a maximum fine of $5 million.
Cortes-Cruz and McNamara each face up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $1 million.
A ninth unnamed defendant remains at large.
Published at Mon, 11 Mar 2019 17:59:32 +0000