Rochester woman pleads guilty to cocaine sale

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 August 2013 at 12:00 am

ALBION – A Rochester woman pleaded guilty in Orleans County Court today to selling cocaine.

Raquel T. Torrez, 34, of 256 Ave. D, Rochester on June 19 was charged with four counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree. She pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. As part of her plea, she will be sentenced to no more than six months in jail on Nov. 18.

Torrez was among eight people arrested in June by the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force, following an eight-month investigation into the sale and distribution of cocaine in the Albion area.

Torrez apologized to County Court Judge James Punch in court today, saying her use of cocaine led her to make bad decisions.

District Attorney Joseph Cardone said Torrez was involved in at least four drug sales.

Torrez said she sold cocaine for money so she could support her own drug habit.