Untangling The Drug Web

MAYVILLE – The 159-count indictment leveled against 47 members of a drug distribution network Wednesday describes in chilling detail the covert – and illegal – business set up to get Chautauqua County addicted to narcotics.

The network’s purpose, according to the indictment, was to possess heroin in amounts of 8 ounces or more and sell it in amounts of a half-ounce or more in Chautauqua County, Erie County, New York County and elsewhere in New York state and Pennsylvania.

All of the defendants, of course, had a so-called “role” to play, with great lengths taken to protect their identities – from outrageous nicknames like “Choco Loco” and “Ding Dong” to cryptic, coded communications over the cellphone, typically in Spanish.

In a lengthy preamble, the indictment outlines the network’s distribution structure, starting with Neftali Cintron, 51, and Luis DeJesus, 29, both of Jamestown, who would allegedly obtain heroin in Philadelphia, Pa. and transport it to Chautauqua County for sale.

Upon arrival, it would allegedly be packaged and sold by several of the defendants.

Alberto Alicea would allegedly transport heroin from New York City to Buffalo, where it was then taken to Jamestown and sold by several more of the defendants.

Carlos Encarnacion, 59, of Jamestown would allegedly obtain heroin from Washington Heights and transport it to Chautauqua County, where again it was sold by several of the defendants.

In a section entitled “Overt Acts,” the indictment listed specific instances where the defendants’ actions were revealed.

These included Jose Guevara selling 20 bags of heroin at a Jamestown Family Dollar store to a person known to the grand jury; Carlos Echiaverria and Jonathan Ribbing discussing the quality of heroin in a coded conversation; and Carlos Encarnacion being found in possession of 100 grams of heroin concealed in a trap inside his van.

The majority of “Overt Acts” involved intercepted coded communications.

The following defendants were charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance: Jose Guevara; Bryan Bobe; Ricardo Ramos; Javier Carasquillo; Walter Westerdahl; Carlos Echiaverria; Jonathan Ribbing; Francis Vega; Randall Rolison; Christopher Freeney; Roberto Morales-Sanchez; Ivan Pena; Carlos Encarnacion; Eric Lundsten; James Torres; Frank Orazio; Olga Santiago; Roberto Figueredo; Francisco Gonzalez; Rolando Garaa; Neftali Cintron; Michael Lisciando; Edwin Valasquez; Angelita Guzman; Alberto Alicea; Joshua VanOrd; Hector Cameron; Enrique Torres-Baez; Charles Brown; John Grilla; Luis Garcia; Luis Berberena; Eddie Robles; Jesus Suarez and Moises Lopez Encarnacion.

The following defendants were charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance: Jose Guevara; Bryan Bobe; Javier Carasquillo; Carlos Echiaverria; Francis Vega; Olga Santiago; Francisco Gonzalez; Neftali Cintron; Angelita Guzman; Alberto Alicea; Joshua VanOrd; Luis Berberena; Eric Lundsten; Ivan Pena; Joseph Fontanez; Roberto Morales-Sanchez; Eddie Robles and Moises Lopez- Encarnacion.

The following defendants were charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance: Jose Guevara; Bryan Bobe and Neftali Cintron.

The following defendants were charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance: Eric Lundsten and Leslie Rodriguez.

The following defendants were charged with third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance: Luis Garcia and Samantha Dillallo.

The following defendant was charged with fifth-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance: Jean Noriega.

The following defendant was charged with first-degree promoting prison contraband: Leslie Rodriguez.

The following defendant was charged with first-degree attempted promoting prison contraband: Jean Noriega.

The following defendants were charged with third-degree criminal sale of a firearm: Carlos Echiaverria and Michael Lisciandro.

The following defendant was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon: Carlos Echiaverria.

The following defendant was charged with criminal possession of a firearm: Lashawn Paige.