13 indicted on drug trafficking charges

By Travis Kellar - [email protected] | April 14th, 2017 11:20 am - updated: 7:36 pm.

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

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