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Bronx auto body shops fixed cars and users’ lust for heroin, fentanyl and cocaine

By David Amoruso

Nine members of a drug ring were arrested on Wednesday and charged with trafficking in heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine through an auto body shop in the Bronx, New York. “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,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman noted.

Adalberto Velazquez, Raymond Resto, Sal Castro, Joel Lopez, Willis Lleras, Reinaldo Roman, Jaime Garcia, Antonio Burgos, and Marilyn Adino allegedly were members of a drug trafficking organization that packaged and sold narcotics out of multiple auto body shops and garages in the Bronx, New York.

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Prosecutors estimate the group distributed hundreds of kilograms of cocaine and heroin from 2015 to February 2019. Much of the heroin that the crew distributed was mixed with fentanyl.

“These arrests will have a significant impact on the heroin and fentanyl supply in the Bronx,” said Special Agent in Charge Raymond Donovan. “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.”

The charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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