7 alleged heroin, crack cocaine dealers busted amid undercover operations

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Erie County Sheriff’s Office worked alongside police in Hamburg and Buffalo to arrest seven people accused of dealing drugs.

“We cannot let up in this fight to stop the heroin epidemic that continues to grow every day,” says Acting Erie County DA Michael Flaherty. “Our office is steadfast in our commitment to prosecute these poison peddlers to the fullest extent of the law.”

On Tuesday, prosecutors announced the names of the alleged drug dealers.

First off is Eddie Thomas, 24, who prosecutors say sold heroin and fentanyl to an undercover detective. He now faces three counts each of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Reynaldo Castro-Guzman, 31, was also accused of selling heroin to an undercover officer, but only faces two counts each of possession and sale charges.

Also on the list were Latisa Harden, 34, and Christopher Brown, 28, who officials accused of selling crack cocaine to to undercover officers. Both face the same charges as Thomas.

53-year-old Jorge Ortiz, a man with an extensive criminal record that includes a prior felony drug conviction, faces the same charges as Thomas, Harden and Brown. Authorities say he sold heroin to an undercover detective. At the time of his arrest, authorities say he had 18 packets of heroin and 31 bags of crack cocaine on him.

Finally, Daniel Loster, 32, and Joshua Negron, 22, were accused of selling heroin to undercover detectives. Like others listed above, they both face three counts each of criminal substance sale and possession charges.

All, except for Harden, were in jail as of Tuesday morning. During law enforcement officers’ searches, they also found half an ounce of heroin, 2.5 ounces of crack cocaine, two handguns and $2,500 in cash in addition to the drugs mentioned in the undercover sales.

“I will continue to provide the resources and personnel necessary to combat heroin and other illegal drugs that have inflicted so much pain on families in our city, county and region,” said Mayor Byron W. Brown. “I thank the District Attorney’s Office, Buffalo Police Department, Erie County Sheriff’s Office and Hamburg Police for their tireless efforts to rid our streets of deadly drugs.”

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