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11 charged with dealing heroin in Lancaster

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Left to right from top: Conde Santiago, Narmo Sanchez-Zayas, Vicente Santiago-Torres, Andre Lopez, Roberto Arocho-Aguirre, Luis Santos-Rodriguez, Luis Perez-Almodovar, Christian Cruz-Escalara, Edwin Santiago-Caraballo, Carlos Cruz, and Felix Santiago Left to right from top: Conde Santiago, Narmo Sanchez-Zayas, Vicente Santiago-Torres, Andre Lopez, Roberto Arocho-Aguirre, Luis Santos-Rodriguez, Luis Perez-Almodovar, Christian Cruz-Escalara, Edwin Santiago-Caraballo, Carlos Cruz, and Felix Santiago
LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) -

The state attorney general's office has announced charges against 11 people suspected of selling heroin in Lancaster.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane said the heroin ring distributed at least a half-million dollars worth of heroin in Lancaster over the past year.

Kane said the investigation began after hundreds of citizens complained about the frequency of open drug dealing in the area of Stevens Avenue, East End Avenue and Mifflin Street.

Evidence and testimony was presented to a statewide investigating grand jury, which recommended criminal charges Wednesday against the alleged ring leader, 37-year-old Conde Santiago, his right-hand man, Narmo Sanchez-Zayas, and nine others.

The grand jury found Santiago developed a network of runners to sell heroin, primarily in front of his Stevens Avenue home.

Runners in Santiago's organization used common "stash places" along Lancaster streets, such as in cars and city-owned trash cans, in order to hide drugs from law enforcement, according to investigators.

In many instances, the runners used bicycles to retrieve the heroin from stash places to complete drug sales, authorities said.

During the course of the investigation, agents seized approximately $27,000 in cash, more than 1,300 bags of heroin, two ounces of cocaine and six vehicles.

Santiago, of 50 Stevens Ave., was charged with one count each of possession with the intent to deliver heroin, delivery of heroin, criminal conspiracy, and corrupt organizations.

Sanchez-Zayas, 45, of 110 Stevens Ave., faces 15 counts of delivery of heroin, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of corrupt organizations.

Authorities identified their co-defendants as follows:

- Vicente Santiago-Torres, 59, 619 East End Ave., is charged with six counts of delivery of heroin, one count of possession with the intent to deliver heroin, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of corrupt organizations;

- Andre Lopez, 25, 50 Stevens Ave., is charged with one three counts of delivery of heroin, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of corrupt organizations;

- Roberto Arocho-Aguirre, 32, 50 Stevens Ave., is charged with eight counts of delivery of heroin, one count of possession with the intent to deliver heroin, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of corrupt organizations;

- Luis Santos-Rodriguez, 41, 115 Green St., is charged with one count of delivery of heroin;

- Luis Perez-Almodovar, 38, 29 Coral St., is charged with one count of delivery of heroin;

- Christian Cruz-Escalara, 26, 313 N. Queen St., is charged with two counts of delivery of heroin;

- Edwin Santiago-Caraballo, 39, 631 East End Ave., is charged with two counts of delivery of heroin and one count of delivery of cocaine;

- Carlos Cruz, 36, 530 N. Plum St., is charged with one count of delivery of heroin, one count of possession of heroin and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia; and

- Felix Santiago, 36, 711 East Mifflin St., is charged with one count of delivery of cocaine and one count of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine.

 

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