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Friday, May 8, 2020

"Breaking Bad" in Rochester, New York: Major Drug Operation Dismantled

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: US DEA Press Release
                   Several New York Newspapers Called this "The Breaking Bad" Drug Gang

Major law enforcement operation dismantled a multi-million dollar drug trafficking network in Rochester, New York. 17 defendants arrested, multiple kilos of fentanyl, other drugs, guns, nearly $1 million cash seized.

Rochester New York: U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan announced today that 17 defendants were arrested and charged in two criminal complaints for their roles in a large and long standing illegal narcotics ring operating in Western New York. 

On April 30, 2020, investigators executed search warrants at 24 residences in Rochester, West Henrietta, Penfield, Greece, Irondequoit, and Syracuse, and on 12 cars associated with the defendants. During the execution of those search warrants, they seized eight firearms; approximately 3.5 kilograms of fentanyl; and approximately two kilograms of cocaine and crack cocaine. In addition, investigators seized $928,400 in cash. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Everardo Rodriguez, who is handling the case, stated that according to the filed complaints, in 2016, the DEA, Rochester Police Department, New York State Police, Greece Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives began investigating the illegal narcotics trafficking activities of ring leader JanCarlos Gonzalez-Rivera, who is responsible for the distribution of cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl in the Rochester area. The defendant used numerous workers to transport, store, repackage for distribution, and distribute cocaine and fentanyl to customers and then collect payment for the drug transactions. 

“Time after time, law enforcement’s perseverance to their mission prevails,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan. “This operation decimated a major drug trafficking network whose tentacles reached every neighborhood in the city. I would like to thank our law enforcement partners for their collaboration and commitment as this was truly a joint investigation.

 “I want to commend and thank the literally hundreds of law enforcement officers who in the midst of a pandemic risked their own well-being to protect the public by masterfully executing this massive takedown,” stated U.S. Attorney Kennedy. “Their efforts neutralized an armed and very profitable drug trafficking organization that was peddling poison and misery throughout our community. While much of our community is on pause, our brave men and women in law enforcement have remained very active working tirelessly to protect us from all forms of danger.”

Charged with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing, 400 grams or more of fentanyl, one kilogram or more of heroin, and five kilograms or more of cocaine are: 

            Jancarlos Gonzalez-Rivera, A/K/A/ "Los;" 
Jonathan Cruz-Vega, A/K/A/ "Tego;" 
Earnest Baker, A/K/A/ "Slay;"
Amante Santiago, A/K/A/ "Cholo;" 
Shaumyk Santiago; 
Natasha Figueroa;
Enrique Medina, A/K/A/ "Ricky Rose;" 
Alexis Morales, A/K/A/ "A;"
Eliezer Morales;
Joshua Bauer, A/K/A/ "White Boy;" 
Marilin Deleon, A/K/A/ "Beba;"
Vanesly Lopez; 
Lateef Budd, A/K/A/ "Lt;" 
Marcus Johnson; 
Philip Flowers;
Merilin Deleon; and
Archie Donaldson. 
The defendants made initial appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark W. Pedersen. 

The complaints are the result of an investigation by the DEA’s Rochester Resident Office; the Rochester Police Department; the New York State Police; the Greece Police Department; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the U.S. Marshal Service; the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office; the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office; and the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. Additional assistance was provided by the DEA’s Syracuse Resident Office and Buffalo Resident Office.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation, and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


  1. I apologize for all the different type faces, Blogger had its way with me today and won !

    1. Hi Yaqui. Have you tried using Word to make the text uniform? I copy/paste my text from Word to Blogger and it usually removes the font differences. Just make sure to highlight your entire text in Word and select the front/size you want.

      If not, try to paste your text in your browser's search engine and then copy/paste it in Word/Blogger. That removes all font issues. Hope it helps!

    2. We're just happy to get the news! You all work tirelessly to give us up to date information. I know I'm very appreciative to each of you.I wish all the Mom's out there a very happy Mother's Day weekend. Each is a blessing to so many. God bless. Peace.

  2. This was a half mile from where I grew up as also being a borderland best follower for more than 9 years it’s crazy but it’s different here everything in the drug game is precise hidden and different the people who aren’t know it and know they are blatantly going to be caught

  3. Hit em with the RICO fuck the Naacp they're complicit in this neverending drug war too acting as a barrier between justice & injustice

    1. CIA got hit with Rico,and some other agencies for importing cocaine.

  4. wonder if that Kid and Girl getting killed in Mexico from NEW YORK had anything to do with this ?

    lately news about busts come from places where New heat comes from
    maybe I just thinking to much

  5. Wtf does the Naacp have to do with this...13 of the 17 names are latino.Smh


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