4 from Rochester are charged with spike in drug overdoses in Orleans County
ALBION – Four people have been charged for selling drugs that law enforcement officials believe are responsible for the recent spike of fatal and non-fatal drug overdoses in Orleans County.
The Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force has identified a group of individuals and locations in the City of Rochester, where quantities of the lethal drug fentanyl, also known as “gray death,” have been sold to many people from Orleans County, the Task Force said this afternoon.
In the investigation, the Task Force worked with the Greater Rochester Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (G.R.A.N.E.T)., the Rochester Police Department Tactical Unit, ICE/Homeland Security investigations and the Albion Police Department. The agencies executed three search warrants in the City of Rochester and arrested four people on numerous drug charges. One of the individuals was a 15-year-old boy.
Police executed search warrants at 46 Conkey Ave., 79 Avenue B. and 45 Radio St., all in the city of Rochester, and seized 37 grams of fentanyl, 6 grams of heroin, marijuana, over $7,000 in cash, scales, packaging and other drug paraphernalia.
• Giovanni M. Serrano, 19, was charged with 13 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree (class B felonies). Serrano is currently on probation for a violent felony regarding a weapons charge in Monroe County, according to a news release from the Task Force.
• Carlos Serrano, 21, was charged with 3 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree.
• Nelvin Raul Martinez, 18, was charged with 3 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree.
• A 15-year-old juvenile was charged with one count of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree (class B felony).
Giovanni M. Serrano, Carlos Serrano and Nelvin Raul Martinez were arraigned in Gaines Town Court by Justice Bruce Schmidt. Giovanni M. Serrano was committed to the Orleans County Jail on $250,000 cash bail or $500,000 bond. Carlos Serrano and Nelvin Raul Martinez were also committed to the County Jail on $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bond. All three are to appear in Albion Town Court at 9 a.m. on May 21.
“Orleans County law enforcement is committed to tracking down the source of these dangerous drugs no matter where, and arrest the individuals who are responsible for plaguing our communities with these dangerous drugs,” said Joe Sacco, supervising investigator for the Task Force.