By Forum Staff
Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz recently announced that Victor Rodriguez has been indicted after a search of an abandoned home in Bellerose uncovered millions of dollars worth of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine and a stockpile of firearms.
A contractor hired after the recent sale of the property stumbled upon the stash.
Rodriguez, 43, of Jamaica, was arraigned Oct. 27 on a 112-count indictment charging him with operating as a major trafficker; conspiracy in the second and fourth degrees; three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree; four counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree; four counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree; two counts of criminally using drug paraphernalia in the second degree; burglary in the first degree; criminal possession of a weapon in the first degree; 26 counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree; 10 counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree; 12 counts of aggravated criminal possession of a weapon; 39 counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree; manufacture, transport, disposition and defacement of weapon and dangerous instruments and appliance; five counts of attempted criminal possession of a firearm; and unlawful possession of pistol ammunition.
According to the charges:
Once inside the 88th Road home, the contractor saw and photographed numerous firearms, gun parts, and large quantities of narcotics, including a white powdery substance in coolers.
The contractor called 911 and later went to the 105th Precinct to make a report.
After the contractor left, Rodriguez was seen on surveillance video running to and from the abandoned property with two coolers in his hands. Based on the photos taken, the coolers held what appeared to be 15 kilos of narcotics.
Police executed a court-authorized search warrant on the property the next day and uncovered:
Approximately 1.5 million glassine envelopes containing either heroin or heroin and fentanyl with a street value of approximately $10 million;
Eight kilos of cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl with a street value of approximately $500,000;
At least one plastic bag with a mixture of heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and the opioid pain medicine tramadol;
Thousands of empty glassine envelopes;
Three kilo presses commonly used by narcotics traffickers to package large quantities of drugs;
Two respirator masks used in the production and packaging of illegal narcotics;
Two electronic scales;
Five loaded P80 9 mm ghost gun semiautomatic pistols;
One loaded 9 mm Derringer semiautomatic pistol;
One loaded .38-caliber revolver;
One loaded Glock 17 9 mm semiautomatic pistol;
One loaded Sig Sauer 9 mm pistol;
One loaded .38-caliber Derringer semiautomatic pistol;
One loaded Smith and Wesson 9 mm semiautomatic pistol;
One loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol;
Five complete ghost gun kits, including unfinished frames that had not yet been made into operable firearms;
25 high-capacity ammunition feeding devices;
Over 200 rounds of assorted ammunition including 9mm, .40 caliber, and .38 caliber;
A handheld Dremel drill, used to manufacture and/or assemble ghost guns;
A DVR digital recorder;
Two parking summonses for a Blue Infiniti SUV that were tied to Rodriguez.
“One can’t even calculate how many lives would have been cut short or ruined by the millions of dollars worth of lethal narcotics and deadly weapons that were found,” Katz said.
If convicted, Rodriguez faces 25 years to life in prison.