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.