CANANDAIGUA — With the sentencing of a New Jersey man Wednesday for selling heroin in Geneva, five people arrested in a drug bust last summer have either gotten prison or jail time.
Eddie Ramos Jr., 30, of Perth Amboy, N.J., was sentenced in Ontario County Court to five years in prison followed by two years of parole after pleading guilty to five counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Both charges are class B felonies.
Ramos and several other people Geneva police said were part of a heroin distribution ring in the city were arrested last August. County District Attorney R. Michael Tantillo said with the sentencing of Ramos, the prosecution of all the defendants has concluded.
The following were also sentenced by Judge William Kocher:
• Edgar Cruz Sr., 46, of Dorchester Avenue, Geneva, was sentenced March 24 to 71⁄2 years in prison and two years of parole after pleading guilty to three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
• Ernest D’Amato III, 29, of Seneca Falls, was sentenced Jan. 2 to three years in prison and two years of parole after pleading guilty to one count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
• Pedro Cotto, age unavailable, of Excange Street, Geneva, was sentenced April 17 to three years in prison and two years of parole after pleading guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.
• Victor Gonzalez, 21, of Lewis Street, Geneva, was sentenced Nov. 20 to six months in jail and five years of probation after pleading guilty to one count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.
All five were arrested after an investigation by the Geneva PD’s drug enforcement unit into the sale and trafficking of heroin in the city. Between $7,500 and $10,000 worth of heroin and cocaine were seized, as well as several thousands of dollars.
“This was truly outstanding work by the Geneva Police Department. Within weeks of this heroin distribution network becoming operational, the Geneva PD identified it, infiltrated it, built cases against its members and made quality arrests leading to the successful prosecution of all members of this ring,” Tantillo said. “This network was responsible for selling thousands of bags of heroin in Geneva and it has been completely shut down. The sentences ... were based on and reflect the respective level of involvement of each member of the ring, and the extent of their prior criminal records.”
Three vehicles also were seized as part of the bust. Geneva PD Lt. Eric Heieck said those arrested were working together and Ramos set up shop in Geneva to sell drugs.
Geneva PD Chief Jeff Trickler said the department will continue to target drug dealers, including those peddling heroin.
“The sale and use of heroin has seen an increase not only in Geneva but also in other communities. Heroin has had devastating effects on individuals, resulting in overdoses and fatalities,” he said. “These arrests were the culmination of intense investigations by our Drug Enforcement Unit and I commend the work they put into each and every one, which ultimately gave the defendants no other alternative but to plead guilty. As a matter of public safety and health we will continue to use every available resource to identify and arrest those who distribute narcotics in our community.”
People who suspect drug activity in the city or any other crime can call 911 or the police department at 789-1111. They may also relay information by e-mail to the crime tip service at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter to @genevapoliceny.