13 indicted on drug trafficking charges

By Travis Kellar - [email protected]


    SCRANTON — Multiple people from Wilkes-Barre and Nanticoke are among the 13 who have been accused in a heroin and cocaine ring, according to federal prosecutors.

    U.S. Attorney Bruce D. Brandler said in a press release the following were indicted by a federal grand jury March 28 on drug and firearms offenses:

    • Jose Ramon De Leon-Pineda, 33, of West Hazleton

    • Joel Contreras, 25, of Nanticoke

    • Alhagie Samba, 49, of Wilkes-Barre

    • Adrian Rivera, 40, of Wilkes-Barre

    • Jerrod Curtis, 33, of Wilkes-Barre

    • Nelson Soto, 42, of Wilkes-Barre

    • Juan Roman-Polanco, 31, of Avoca

    • Myrna Echevarria-Jiminez, 44, of Lancaster

    • Luis Enrique Martinez Ortiz, 25, of Wilkes-Barre

    • Nathaniel Murphy, 41, of Wilkes-Barre

    • Edirso De Leon Frias, 25, of Nanticoke

    • Roy Seabrook, 43, of Wilkes-Barre

    • Ruth Reyes-Maldonado, 32, of Wilkes-Barre

    On Monday, a superseding indictment was unsealed following the arrests of the defendants, according to Brandler.

    A superseding indictment is an indictment that replaces a previous one.

    Roman-Polanco was also charged with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

    This indictment was the result of a year-long investigation conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Wilkes-Barre Police and State Police.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean A. Camoni is prosecuting the case.


    By Travis Kellar

    [email protected]

    Reach Travis Kellar at 570-991-6389 or on Twitter @TLNews

    Reach Travis Kellar at 570-991-6389 or on Twitter @TLNews


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