Eury Rodriguez; Photo: NYSP
BUFFALO, NY - New York State Police say they've arrested a Queens man accused of bringing millions of dollars worth of heroin into Buffalo.
Eury Rodriguez, 33, was arrested January 31, following an 11-month-long investigation.
Rodriguez is charged under the Drug Kingpin Law for allegedly bringing in more than seven kilograms of heroin with an estimated street value of $3.5 million to Buffalo.
Investigators say Rodriguez was one of 15 suspects named in a 51-count indictment, but he managed to avoid arrest for several months.
New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico said, "We will leave no stone unturned to rid our communities of dangerous criminals who bring illegal drugs into our neighborhoods. These deadly narcotics must be taken off our streets. The focus and dedication of State Police members of the SIU and CNET working closely with the New York State Attorney General's Organized Crime Task Force (OCTF) demonstrates the commitment to combat illegal drug activity across our state."
Investigators say the drug ring brought in large quantities of heroin from the Bronx to Rochester and Buffalo.
Additional arrests are pending.
"This drug kingpin terrorized communities across New York state, we are safer now that he is in custody thanks to the persistent, collaborative efforts of our investigators," said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. "This arrest sends a message to our state's most wanted criminals that we will find you and we will bring you to justice. Under our Major Drug Trafficker statute, dealers and distributors like Eury Rodriguez could face up to life behind bars. With our partners in law enforcement, we are holding drug kingpins accountable for their crimes."
Rodriguez is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal sale of a controlled substance, conspiracy and operating as a major trafficker. He pleaded not guilty Tuesday in court.