By Tiffany Williams –
Wednesday, at the United States District Court in Boston, a federal grand jury indicted ten individuals who were allegedly involved in a drug trafficking organization (DTO) that distributed fentanyl in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Estarlin Ortiz-Alcantara, 36, of Providence, R.I.; Mario Rafael Dominguez-Ortiz, 24, of Cranston, R.I.; Yeury Francisco Garcia-Rodriguez, a/k/a “Benjamin Osorio Pizarro,” 32, of Providence, R.I.; Rebecca Bartholomew, 36, of Yarmouth; Jose Santiago, 45, of New Bedford; Edwin Collazo, 26, of New Bedford; Jason Cruz, 41, of New Bedford; Michael Pacheco, 43, of Taunton; Rafael Cesar Cabreja Jimenez, 27, of Providence; and Alfredo Valdez, 44, of Providence were initially arrested and charged on July 19, 2022. Approximately 14.9 kilograms of suspected fentanyl and substantial amounts of cash were seized at the time of their arrests.
In March 2021, law enforcement intercepted communications on numerous cellphones which allegedly identified Mario Rafael Dominguez-Ortiz, Yeury Francisco Garcia-Rodriguez, Rafael Cesar Cabreja Jimenez and Alfredo Valdez as members of the DTO who conspired with Ortiz-Alcantara to regularly distribute multi-kilograms of fentanyl from a stash house in Fall River.
The investigation also identified Rebecca Bartholomew, Edwin Collazo, Jason Cruz, Michael Pacheco and Jose Santiago as alleged regular DTO customers who re-distributed fentanyl to their own local customer bases in areas including Cape Cod, Taunton and New Bedford.
Over 500 grams of suspected fentanyl was seized during the investigation through controlled purchases and drug seizures.