Feds: 12 busted with enough heroin to kill a crowd in a sold-out Carrier Dome

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Twelve men have been indicted by a grand jury on drug charges.

The 12 are alleged members of a drug trafficking organization that distributed more than two kilograms of heroin and mixtures containing heroin and fentanyl.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration seized more than 67,000 individual packages of drugs, $78,000 in cash, 11 vehicles, and two handguns.

Ray Donovan, DEA Special Agent in Charge, issued a quote, saying “Today’s arrests are significant because we arrested 12 opioid traffickers allegedly responsible for fueling the deadliest drug crisis in U.S. history. In addition to the arrests, we seized over a million dollars worth of heroin/fentanyl, which would supply every ticket holder at a sold-out event in the Carrier Dome at least one dose of death.  I commend our law enforcement partners and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York on this exceptional investigation.”

The men have been charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute illegal substances.

Below is a list of those who were charged, along with their age, residence and minimum and maximum sentences they are facing if they are convicted.

  • Jesus Manuel Lopez-Mendez, 34, of New York City, facing 10 years to life.
  • Gavin Ballog, 29, of Syracuse, facing 10 years to life. 
  • Yan Morales, 29, of Syracuse, facing 10 years to life.
  • Brian Morales, 28, of Syracuse, facing 10 years to life.
  • Juan Santa, 27, of Syracuse, facing 10 years to life.
  • Jerry Massa, 21, of Syracuse, facing 5 to 40 years in prison. 
  • Ariel Massa, 18, of Syracuse, facing 5 to 40 years in prison. 
  • Carlos Torres, 24, of Syracuse, facing 5 to 40 years in prison.
  • Gregorio Pizarro, 20, of Syracuse, facing 20 years in prison.
  • Gregory Darrain, 29, of Syracuse, facing 20 years in prison. 
  • Michael Calderon, 24, of Syracuse, facing 20 years in prison.
  • Dennis Smith, 32, of eEast Syracuse, facing 20 years in prison. 

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