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Feds rounding up suspects in major Valley heroin distribution operation

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Several suspects are being brought before a judge in U.S.  District Court following allegations that they were part of a heroin trafficking conspiracy that spread through the Mahoning Valley and Western Pennsylvania.

A 113 page affidavit filed by the Drug Enforcement Administration, details a year-long investigation that involved the use of confidential informants, undercover drug buys, video and audio surveillance, cell phone wiretaps, and a Spanish language interpreter.

The document lists nine suspects as part of the alleged conspiracy, led in Youngstown by Carlos A. Gonzales of Campbell.

The DEA says Gonzales would order large quantities of heroin from Jhosy A. Lopez of New York.

A transcript of an August 29, 2013 phone conversation translated from Spanish, alleges that Gonzales paid Lopez $65,000 for a heroin shipment.

According to the affidavit, the shipments would be brought to Youngstown by Caroline Alba-Ventura, also a New York resident.

The affidavit says a search of Alba-Ventura's vehicle uncovered a kilogram of heroin hidden in a secret compartment.

The DEA says that the heroin would be sold from various homes in the Youngstown area by six other suspects.

The document alleges that Bradley C. Jackson of Youngstown had an extensive customer base in Western Pennsylvania.

The affidavit called for the arrest of the following individuals:

Carlos A. Gonzalez
175 Reed Avenue
Campbell, Ohio
Birth year: 1977

Luis A. Pagan
1630 Shehy Street
Youngstown, Ohio
Birth year: 1987

Angel L. Rodriguez aka June
1330 E. Boston Avenue
Youngstown, Ohio
Birth year: 1986

Bradley C. Jackson
1408 E. Florida Avenue
Youngstown, Ohio
Birth year: 1985

 

Jose E. Lebron aka Froggy
307 Crimson Circle
Campbell, Ohio
Birth year: 1968

Caroline Alba-Ventura
New York, NY
Birth year: 1990

Luis R. Cruz
21 Park Heights Avenue
Youngstown, Ohio
Birth year: 1973

Jhosy A. Lopez
289 Convent Avenue
Bronx, NY
Birth year: 1974

Frankie L. Torres
88 Hazeltine
Youngstown, Ohio
Birth year: 1987

 Cruz appeared before a federal judge in Youngstown for a detention hearing on Tuesday. Detention hearings for Gonzales, Lebron and Alba-Ventura are scheduled for Wednesday. Rodriguez and Jackson will have detention hearings on Thursday.

 

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