2 accused of selling lethal fentanyl appear in County Court

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 September 2018 at 4:41 pm

ALBION — Two men from Rochester who are accused of selling lethal fentanyl in Orleans County appeared in County Court on Thursday on charges of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, which carries a minimum sentence of five years in state prison and as much as 25 years.

Giovanni M. Serrano, 19, and Charles Serrano, 21, are allegedly part of a four-person drug ring that was arrested in May. The four allegedly sold an extremely lethal fentanyl that resulted many overdoses in Orleans County.

Nevin Raul Martinez, 18, and a 15-year-old also were charged in the multi-agency investigation that included the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force, the Greater Rochester Area Narcotics Enforcement Team, the Rochester Police Department Tactical Unit, ICE/Homeland Security investigations and the Albion Police Department.

Law enforcement searched three houses in Rochester and seized 35 grams of fentanyl, six grams of heroin, marijuana, and more than $7,000 in cash, along with scales, packaging and other drug paraphernalia.

The two Serranos both pleaded not guilty in court on Thursday in an appearance before Judge Sanford Church. The two defendants are each in the county jail on $100,000 cash bail and $200,000 bond.

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