More than 10 kilograms of suspected narcotics, four guns, a Lamborghini and over $600,000 recovered in court authorized searches
Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill and Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced today the arrest and indictment of four individuals in connection with sales of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine. The investigation was sparked by two fatal overdoses in Brooklyn and Queens.
Today, four alleged narcotics suppliers, DIONNE SHARROW, aka “Slay,” PABLO VALLECILLO, aka “Cito,” ANTONIO LOPEZ and JASON KEATING, are schedule to be arraigned before Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Abraham Clott, Part 61, 111 Centre Street, on Conspiracy in the Second Degree, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree, and other related charges. An indictment filed by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor (SNP) is the result of a long-term wiretap investigation with the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) Narcotics Borough Queens South Major Case. Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown reviewed and submitted wiretap applications for court authorization.
During the charged conspiracy, which spanned from September of 2017 to April of 2018, SHARROW, VALLECILLO, LOPEZ and KEATING allegedly supplied heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and marijuana to drug distributors in New York City and Upstate New York. These four were arrested last night and are the latest individuals charged in a year-long investigation.
The investigation began after the fatal overdose of a 22-year-old man in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn in September of 2016 due to a mixture of heroin and fentanyl. A second overdose death connected to the drug distribution group occurred in May of 2017 and involved a 42-year-old man who died in Kew Gardens, Queens. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is approximately 50 times stronger than heroin and largely responsible for the escalation in overdose deaths in New York City.
As alleged in the indictment, DIONNE SHARROW, of Long Island City, Queens, maintained a drug stash house at 2070 20th Lane, Apt. 5F in the Shore Haven Apartments in Bath Beach, Brooklyn, which members of the conspiracy referred to as the “Palace,” and conducted drug sales at that location.
Last night at approximately 8 p.m., police observed VALLECILLO entering the location with a backpack and subsequently conducted a court authorized search of the apartment, finding SHARROW, VALLECILLO and a third individual inside. Police saw drugs and money strewn around the apartment. They recovered approximately 10 kilograms of suspected narcotics from an oven and from hidden compartments in a couch, among other locations. Also recovered were thousands of dollars in cash, several pounds of marijuana, a kilo press used to package narcotics for wholesale distribution and a money counter. The backpack carried by VALLECILLO also contained cash.
Shortly thereafter, police conducted a court authorized search of SHARROW’s residence, a luxury two-bedroom apartment at 2-17 51st Avenue, Apt. 516 in Long Island City, Queens. Among property seized was a loaded firearm, approximately $590,000 inside a safe, backpacks and drawers, and a 2015 Lamborghini Huracán belonging to SHARROW, which was parked in a garage annexed to the apartment building.
KEATING and LOPEZ were arrested in the vicinity of their respective residences in Queens.. Inside KEATING’s home at 100-29 205th Street in Jamaica police found several pounds of marijuana and thousands of dollars. Inside LOPEZ’s home at 102-02 163rd Drive, Howard Beach, police recovered hundreds of glassine envelopes of heroin, two loaded pistols and a shotgun.
As charged in the indictment, SHARROW supplied narcotics to alleged suppliers VALLECILLO, of Jamaica, Queens, LOPEZ, of Howard Beach, Queens, and KEATING, of Jamaica, Queens. These defendants in turn sold heroin, fentanyl and cocaine to drug dealers from Brooklyn and Queens, as well as Orange County and Ulster County. The arrest of the four suppliers marks the second phase of an investigation that began in the fall of 2017.
In the first phase of the investigation, police focused on a drug delivery service allegedly headed by EDUARDO ANSORENA, aka “Polly,” which operated in Brooklyn and Queens. Early in the investigation, police gathered intelligence indicating that ANSORENA had sold narcotics to the victims of the two fatal overdoses. In the Queens fatality, phone records showed hundreds of calls between the victim and phones allegedly associated with ANSORENA.
A total of nine members of the drug network, including ANSORENA and his driver SUKDEHR SINGH, were indicted in December of 2017 in connection with sales of heroin, fentanyl and crack-cocaine. The investigation involved 10 sales of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine to undercover NYPD officers for nearly $10,000.
The investigation revealed that ANSORENA allegedly purchased heroin and cocaine from VALLECILLO and maintained a base of operations at the JFK Inn in Queens, where he sometimes sold heroin and crack-cocaine to customers in the motel parking lot. ANSORENA employed a network of people who allegedly packaged narcotics in preparation for sales and assisted in drug deliveries.
In making drug deliveries, ANSORENA’s network allegedly used two cars driving in tandem, with the second vehicle acting as a “blocker” car to block streets and thereby prevent police and other drivers from observing drug sales. ANSORENA was typically driven by another member of the organization, which enabled him to meet with customers in the back seat.
On December 12, 2017, police learned of a third suspected overdose tied to ANSORENA. In phone calls with alleged coconspirators, ANSORENA indicated he believed one of his customers had just died. (This customer in fact survived the overdose.)
Later that same day, police observed ANSORENA meet with VALLECILLO and receive a quantity of cocaine. As police attempted to stop ANSORENA by surrounding his vehicle, ANSORENA’s driver, SUKDEHR SINGH, accelerated in reverse and rammed a police vehicle, allegedly injuring an officer. From inside the vehicle, police recovered glassine envelopes containing heroin and fentanyl, quantities of crack-cocaine, and the cocaine ANSORENA allegedly purchased from VALLECILLO.
Nine individuals associated with the ANSORENA drug delivery service were indicted on charges of Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, Criminal Possession and Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, and other related charges. Beyond the drugs seized from ANSORENA’s vehicle, police recovered additional quantities of heroin and fentanyl, a loaded 9 mm pistol and drug paraphernalia.
Seven other individuals who purchased narcotics from SHARROW, VALLECILLO, LOPEZ and KEATING were also indicted during the investigation. On September 13, 2017, VALLECILLO and LOPEZ allegedly sold 100 grams of fentanyl to an individual from Middletown, N.Y. The following month, on October 5, 2017, LOPEZ allegedly sold 100 grams of cocaine to two customers from Williamsburg, Brooklyn. On December 31, 2017, KEATING sold approximately 400 grams of cocaine and 100 grams of heroin he had received from SHARROW to an individual from Ulster County. Following these sales, the customers were arrested and indicted.
Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan thanked Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown and Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, and commended the work of her office’s Trial Division and the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) Narcotics Borough Queens South Major Case.
Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan said, “The escalating toll of overdose and addiction has become unbearable to all but the drug dealers and traffickers who peddle death in ten dollar bags. As this investigation demonstrates, drug crimes are far from victimless and we will be relentless in pursuing those who profit from destroying the lives of others. I thank our partners in the Queens District Attorney’s Office and the NYPD who were equally committed to bringing all members of this sprawling network of drug dealers to justice.”
“The arrest of these defendants undoubtedly saved the lives of many New Yorkers who might otherwise have overdosed,” said Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill. “The NYPD, the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, and our federal partners will continue to work tirelessly in ridding this poison from our streets.”
“Heroin, unfortunately, has made a deadly comeback in New York City and in the surrounding suburbs,” said Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. “While homicides and vehicular deaths have decreased in recent years, sadly opioid overdoses have skyrocketed. We are witnessing heroin being mixed with the synthetic drug Fentanyl, which is up to fifty times more potent than heroin alone. My office will continue to work diligently with our law enforcement partners to do everything possible to stop this epidemic and take dealers who peddle heroin laced with Fentanyl and other deadly drugs off the streets of our communities.”
The charges and allegations are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.Download Press Release
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