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SPD arrest 15, seizing plethora of narcotics in major drug bust

From R to L: Abimael Rodriguez, Milton Ayala, Courtney Burton, Zairy Cepeda, Alex Claudio, Edwin Colon-Perez, Evelin Esteras, Rafael Frias.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. --- The Syracuse Police have arrested 15 people and seized drugs, cash and weapons as part of a search warrant executed at 309 Merriman Avenue in Syracuse.


The arrests were made by Detectives from the Syracuse Police Department Special Investigations Division.

The people arrested and charged as part of the bust are as follows.

Abimael Rodriguez - 19 - Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance (C.P.C.S.) 3rd and 7th degree, Loitering 1st degree and Resisting Arrest.

Alex Claudio - 27 -C.P.C.S. 3rd and 7th degree, Loitering 1st degree, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana (U.P.M.), Obstructing Governmental Administration (O.G.A) and Resisting Arrest.

Milton Ayala - 22 - C.P.C.S. 3rd and 7th degree, O.G.A., Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd degree, Criminal Possession of a Firearm and Resisting arrest.

Haithem Hassan - 31 - C.P.C.S. 3rd and 7th degree, O.G.A., Loitering 1st degree and Resisting Arrest.

Edwin Colon-Perez - 27 - C.P.C.S. 3rd and 7th degree, O.G.A. and Resisting Arrest.

Gretchen Justiniano - 22 - C.P.C.S 3rd and 7th degree.

Mykal Odom - 21 - C.P.C.S. 3rd and 7th degree.

Dayquan Reddish - 24 - C.P.C.S. 3rd and 7th degree and Loitering 1st degree.

Rafael Frias - 23 - C.P.C.S. 3rd and 7th degree, Loitering 1st degree and U.P.M.

Luis Resto-Massa - 20 - C.P.C.S. 3rd and 7th degree and Loitering 1st degree.

Isiah Maldano - 19 - C.P.C.S. 3rd and 7th degree and Loitering 1st degree.

Courtney Burton - 28 - C.P.C.S. 3rd and 7th degree and Loitering 1st degree.

Xavier Jackson - 22 - C.P.C.S. 3rd and 7th degree and Loitering 1st degree.

Zairy Cepeda - 18 - C.P.C.S. 3rd and 7th degree and Loitering 1st degree.

Evelin Esteras - 53 - C.P.C.S. 3rd and 7th degree and Loitering 1st degree.


As a result of the bust, Police say they recovered:

- Two handguns (9 MM and .22 caliber) along with ammunition.

- Over $4,000.00 in cash.

- 860 bags of Heroin

-14.2 grams of Cocaine, 42.2 grams of Marijuana, and 7 prescription pills

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