Jeremey Collazo Sold Over 2,000 Glassines Of Heroin To An Undercover Detective, Will Be Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison.
New York, NY - September 14, 2017 - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the guilty plea of Jeremey Collazo for his role in a drug trafficking ring that distributed heroin throughout New York and Bronx counties. On four separate dates, Collazo was captured selling plastic bags filled with heroin to an undercover detective. In one instance, Collazo smuggled the heroin inside audio speakers into a storage unit that was utilized by law enforcement and outfitted with undercover cameras. Once inside of the storage unit, Collazo opened the speakers and removed the hidden heroin bags to give it to the undercover detective. In total, Collazo sold more than 2,000 glassines of heroin during the course of this investigation.
The narcotics dealing was part of “Operation Steal Horses” a long-term investigation conducted by the Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force and the New York Police Department’s Auto Crime Division, which resulted in the arrest of a ten individuals in Bronx County for participating in organized motorcycle-theft and narcotics rings.
“We’ll continue to act to take dangerous drugs – and those who deal them – off our streets,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “Too many New York families are plagued by the opioid epidemic and the violence that often come with it. We’re committed to continuing to work tirelessly with our partners in local law enforcement to stop the flow of illegal and dangerous drugs.”
As part of the long-term investigation, law enforcement also employed street-side covert cameras, confidential informants, and undercover officers.
Collazo, 30, of Bronx County, pled guilty on September 13, 2017 to Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a B level felony conviction. He is scheduled to be sentenced by Bronx County Supreme Court Justice Steven L. Barrett, on October 4, 2017, to 3 years in prison, with 5 years of post-release supervision. The Bronx County motorcycle and heroin indictments against the remaining defendants are still pending.
The Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force (OCTF) has now taken down 25 large drug trafficking gangs, made more than 580 felony narcotics arrests, and seized more than $1.5 million and more than 2,000 pounds of illegal drugs since 2011. In the past several months alone, Attorney General Schneiderman’s new Suburban and Upstate Response to the Growing Epidemic (“S.U.R.G.E.”) Initiative—a crackdown on New York’s growing heroin, opioid, and narcotics trafficking networks—has resulted in 260 alleged traffickers and dealers taken off the streets across New York, through Operation Bricktown, Operation Un-Wise, Operation Gravy Train, Operation Bloodsport, Operation Pipeline, and Operation Wrecking Ball.
The charges against the remaining defendants are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.
The case is being prosecuted by OCTF Assistant Deputy Attorney General Caitlin E. Carroll. Deputy Attorney General Peri Alyse Kadanoff runs the Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force.