Syracuse Man Admits Role in Drug Conspiracy

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Luis Carrasquillo, age 35, of Syracuse pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, and distribution of a mixture of heroin and fentanyl, as well as cocaine, announced Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon, John B. DeVito, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), Ray Donovan, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Chief Kenton Buckner, City of Syracuse Police Department.

As part of his guilty plea, Carrasquillo admitted that he conspired with Waldemar Colon and Isidro De Los Santos to sell heroin mixed with fentanyl, and cocaine from De los Santos’s apartment on Gifford Street in Syracuse as part of a conspiracy that existed from December 2018 through January 31, 2019. Carrasquillo also pled guilty to aiding and abetting the sale of a mixture of heroin and fentanyl, as well as a separate quantity of cocaine on December 6, 2018.

On January 31, 2019, ATF Special Agents assisted by DEA and the Syracuse Police Department-Special Investigations Division executed a federal search warrant at Isidro De Los Santos’s residence and recovered over twenty-one ounces (608 grams) of heroin mixed with fentanyl in two packages. A federal search warrant executed at the adjacent apartment of another involved defendant, Anthony Moreno, on the same day resulted in the seizure of over 18 ounces (521grams) of cocaine.

Sentencing for Luis Carrasquillo is scheduled for October 21, 2021 in Syracuse, at which time Carrasquillo faces a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $1,000,000.00, and term of post-imprisonment supervised release of at least three-years and up to life. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.

Isidro De Los Santos pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, and distribution of controlled substances, and was sentenced on November 13, 2020 to serve a sentence of nine years (108 months) in prison, and a 5-year term of supervised release.

Anthony Moreno pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, and on November 17, 2020 was sentenced on to serve 51 months in prison, followed by a 5-year term of supervised release.

Waldemar Colon pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, and distribution of controlled substances, and is awaiting sentencing scheduled for August 11, 2021.

This case was investigated by the United State Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Syracuse Police Department-Special Investigations Division, and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Southwick.

 

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