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8 face drug charges in multi-agency investigation of cocaine in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 June 2013 at 12:00 am

13 arrests altogether for drug or immigration crimes

ALBION – A multi-agency law enforcement effort resulted in 13 local arrests for drug and immigration crimes.

The arrests on Thursday followed an eight-month investigation into the sale and distribution of cocaine in the Albion area, the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force reported today.

Law enforcement seized two ounces of cocaine, a rifle, cash, scales, packaging and drug paraphernalia.

The following were arrested for drug charges:

Felix Onofre-Rojas, 61, of 14691 Zig-Zag Rd., Albion, who was charged with two counts of a criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, four counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree.

Patricia Nava-Chavez, 44, of 14691 Zig-Zag Rd., Albion, who was charged with three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree. Nava-Chavez is an illegal alien, and an immigration detainer was filed by Immigration and Customs, the Task Force reported.

Lidio Ramirez-Figueroa, 35, of 14691 Zig-Zag Rd., who was charged with one count of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree. He is an illegal alien and an immigration detainer was filed by Immigration and Customs, the Task Force reported.

Jorge Villanueva-Ledesma, 34, of 14691 Zig-Zag Rd. He was charged with nine counts of criminal sale and nine counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree. The Task Force reported that he is an illegal alien and an immigration detainer was filed by Immigration and Customs.

Publio Barcenas, 52, of 14691 Zig-Zag Rd. faces one count of criminal sale and one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree.

Rudolfo Juarez-Ramerez, 30, of 17255 Lakeshore Rd., Kendall, was charged with one count of criminal sale and one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree. He is an illegal alien and an immigration detainer was filed by Immigration and Customs, the Task Force reported.

Jose Gallegos-Gonzalez, 56, of 285 Walker-Lake Ontario Rd., Hamlin. He was charged with four counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree.

Raquel T. Torrez, 34, of 256 Ave. D, Rochester, who was charged with four counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree.

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officers filed immigration charges against the following at 285 Walker-Lake Ontario Rd., Hamlin: Salvador Ramirez-Montoya, Jose Lopez-Gloria, Israel Arrevillaga-Lopez, Jose Lopez-Gloria and Leonel Lucas-Gonzalez. ICE also filed immigration charges against Martin Contreras-Ramos of 14691 Zig-Zag Rd., Albion.

The following agencies were involved in either the investigation, search warrants or arrests: The OC Major Felony Crime Task Force, ICE, Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations, Homeland Security Investigations, Border Enforcement Security Task Force, Customs and Border Protection, Office of Air Marine, Drug Enforcement Agency in Buffalo, the Orleans County Multi-Agency SWAT Team, Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, Greater Rochester Area Narcotics Enforcement Team, City of Rochester Police Department.

Law enforcement executed search warrants at 256 Ave. D in Rochester, 285 Walker-Lake Ontario Rd. in Hamlin, and 14691 Zig-Zag Rd. in the town of Gaines.

The drug suspects were arraigned in Albion Town Court by Justice Gary Moore and committed to county jail on $50,000 bail. They are to return to court at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

The immigration violators were processed by federal authorities and are being held at the Federal Detention Facility in Batavia.

The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests and charges are pending.