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NEW YORK (77 WABC) –A major heroin and drug trafficking ring busted in the Bronx. Five people were arrested and face multiple charges from a 107-count indictment.
New York State District Attorney Letitia James announced the results of the investigation, nicknamed “Operation Iron Empire.”
“Let these arrests serve as a loud and clear message, there is zero tolerance for gun trafficking in New York,” James said. “These five individuals allegedly made a business of flooding our communities with dangerous weapons including assault weapons and drugs, putting our city in harm’s way. I thank our partners in law enforcement for their invaluable support and for their help to ensure the safety of all New Yorkers.”
The defendants named in the indictment are: 30-year-old Luis Alsina, 27-year-old Michael Alsina, 32-year-old Miguel Rodriguez, 29-year-old Josue Pagan-Adorno and 22-year-old Rafael Cruz.
The suspects are allegedly connected to an operation that sold more than a dozen firearms, including four assault weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
If convicted, Luis Alsina and Michael Alsina would face the highest penalty of prison time– up to 25 years in prison. They are also charged with selling 250 grams of heroin.