Wednesday, June 6, 2018




Middletown Police take down major heroin distribution ring



MIDDLETOWN – Police concluded a one-year investigation into the sales and trafficking of drugs in the Middletown area with the arrests of two men and the seizure of a large quantity of drugs.

City police along with the State Police and agents from the FBI Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force executed two no-knock search warrants on Friday, June 1 at 76 Beattie Avenue and 13 Ogden Street and arrested Luis Ortiz, 57, also known as “Colla,” of the Town of Wawayanda, a well-known operative in a narcotics distribution run that has been distributing heroin in the Middletown area for over a year, and Jose Colon, 43, of Middletown, an Ortiz associate. Investigators seized 4,131 bags of heroin with a street value of over $40,000, and $1,614 in cash. Two vehicles were also seized for possible forfeiture – a 2004 Jaguar X-type and a 2006 Dodge Charger.

The bags of heroin were marked “The Punisher” and “Down Low,” each of which were well-known in the area, police said.

Ortiz was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and Colon, was charged with one count of drug possession, all as felonies.

Police said the arrests and seizure of the drugs will significantly impact the distribution of heroin in and around the Middletown community for the foreseeable future.


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