Major heroin bust in Onondaga County, 13 arrested

Heroin seized by deputies

The Onondaga County Sheriffâ??s Department announced Wednesday that they made over a dozen arrests and confiscated heroin with an estimated street value of $200,000, thousands in cash and multiple guns on Tuesday.

The Sheriffâ??s Office said the arrests followed a months-long investigation into a major heroin trafficking organization in the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County.

Officials say they recovered over 20 ounces of heroin packaged in over 18,000 individual packets, $10,000 in cash, and three illegal handguns after executing several search warrants in Syracuse and the Town of Clay. The heroin recovered had a street value of approximately $200,000.

13 defendants were arrested on felony gun and drug charges. They are currently being held at the Justice Center.

The Sheriffâ??s Office says 57-year-old Reinaldo Santos and 45-year-old Noemi Torres face the most serious charges. The majority of the drugs were found in a hidden compartment within the car they were driving.

â??There has been a 106% increase in the number of people dependent on heroin within the last year,â?? said DEA Special Agent in Charge Brian R. Crowell in a media release. â??This organization epitomizes the flow of heroin from New York City suppliers to drug gangs throughout the Northeast sending heroin in individually packaged bundles for a quick sale throughout our communities.â??