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2 from Rochester charged with selling lethal fentanyl in Orleans County

Staff Reports Posted 14 December 2018 at 4:46 pm

Two Rochester men have been charged with selling a lethal drug, fentanyl, as well as heroin and cocaine in Orleans County.

Dante L. Thomas

The Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task and the Albion Police Department were assisted by the Greater Rochester Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (G.R.A.N.E.T), ATF, DEA, and the Rochester Police Department Tactical Unit in executed a search warrant at 42 Roth St. Task Force members arrested a supplier of fentanyl at that location on numerous drug sale charges. A second person that was related to the investigation was also arrested on drug sale charges.

Oscar A. Rivera

The two are accused of bringing the drugs from Rochester to Orleans County. The arrests follow a 5-month federal investigation with numerous search warrants in Rochester on Wednesday, resulting in the arrests of eight men on federal drug charges.

The two facing charges in Orleans County include:

Dante L. Thomas, 30, of 42 Roth St. He was charged with 14 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, which are Class B felonies.

He was arraigned in the Murray Town Court by Justice Gary Passarell. Thomas was committed to the Orleans County Jail on $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bond. He is to return to the Murray Town Court at 6 p.m. on Jan. 9.

Oscar A. Rivera, 23, of 44 Third St. was charged with 3 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree. He was arraigned in the Albion Town Court by Town Justice Joseph Fuller. Rivera was committed to the County Jail on $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bond. He is to appear in Albion Tow Court at 9 a.m. on Dec. 19.

Further arrests and charges are pending in this investigation, the Task Force said in a news release.

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