5 arrested for heroin trafficking in Harrisburg, Lancaster

Hector Ortiz-Rivera, left, and Luis Enrique Ortiz-Rivera
Hector Ortiz-Rivera, left, and Luis Enrique Ortiz-Rivera

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Five people have been arrested on allegations they were running a drug trafficking ring that sold at least $15,000 worth of heroin in Harrisburg and Lancaster over the past five months.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office identified those charged as brothers Hector Ortiz-Rivera, 36, and Luis Enrique Ortiz-Rivera, 33, both of Harrisburg; and Leopoldo Miranda-Viera, 29; Victor Alhadol-Santiago, 23; and Ismael Otero-Rodriguez, 36, all of Lancaster.

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Left to right: Leopoldo Miranda-Viera, Victor Alhadol-Santiago, and Ismael Otero-Rodriguez

The investigation began in October after agents received a tip that the brothers were selling bundle quantities of heroin in the Derry Street area of Harrisburg.

Miranda-Viera allegedly supplied the brothers with heroin, while Otero-Rodriguez and Alhadol-Santiago stored, packaged and distributed the heroin for Miranda-Viera, according to a statement from Kane’s office.

Hector Ortiz-Rivera, a.k.a. “Tattoo,” and Miranda-Viera, a.k.a. “Gordo,” were each charged with seven counts of delivery of heroin, two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of possession with the intent to deliver heroin, one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver heroin, and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

Luis Enrique Ortiz-Rivera, a.k.a. “Menor,” was charged with two counts of delivery of heroin, two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of possession with the intent to deliver heroin, one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver heroin, and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

Alhadol-Santiago was charged with two counts of delivery of heroin, two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of possession with the intent to deliver heroin, and one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver heroin.

Otero-Rodriguez was charged with two counts of corrupt organizations, one count of possession with the intent to deliver heroin, and one count of criminal conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver heroin.

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