You are reading

Jackson Heights Man Indicted on Drugs and Weapons Charges, Faces 20 Years in Prison: DA

A Jackson Heights man faces up to 20 years in prison after being indicted by a Queens grand jury on drugs and weapons charges (iStock)

Nov. 10, 2022 By Christian Murray

A Jackson Heights man has been indicted by a Queens grand jury on drugs and weapons charges.

Alejandro Rodriguez, 43, of 91st Street, was slapped with an 18-count indictment Wednesday after cops conducted an undercover investigation that led to the discovery of drugs and weapons at his home.

Rodriguez allegedly supplied a large quantity of narcotics to an undercover officer between June and October. The transactions prompted a search of his Jackson Heights home where authorities recovered cocaine, a handgun and 20 rounds of ammunition.

“Illicit drug sales fuel addictions that destroy lives and violence that endangers our communities. We will not relent in our efforts to remove this poison from our streets and hold accused dealers accountable,” said Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz in a statement.

Rodriguez was arraigned yesterday before Queens Supreme Court Judge Toni M. Cimino on an indictment charging him with 14 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the first and third degrees; one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree; two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second and third degrees; and one count of criminal possession of a firearm.

According to the indictment, a total of seven transactions took place during which Rodriguez sold more than 14 ounces of cocaine to the undercover officer.

On Oct. 19, law enforcement officials executed a search warrant for his home. They recovered an additional 60 grams of cocaine, an unlicensed .45 caliber handgun and 20 rounds of ammunition.

Rodriguez was arrested at the time of the search and an additional 100 grams of cocaine were recovered from his person.

If convicted, Rodriguez faces up to 20 years in prison. He was ordered to reappear before the Court on Dec. 6.

email the author: [email protected]
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Queens Public Library celebrates Black History Month with nearly 150 programs highlighting Black resistance, culture

Feb. 2, 2023 By Carlotta Mohamed

Throughout February, Queens Public Library will celebrate “Black Resistance” — the theme of its 2023 Black History Month observance — with nearly 150 comprehensive programs and initiatives, including theater performances, author talks and art workshops for all ages, spotlighting various aspects of Black heritage, culture and resilience. 

Popular places where you can watch the Super Bowl in Queens

Feb. 2, 2023 By Tammy Scileppi

Hey, football fans! Game time is fast approaching, and across the city and here in Queens, you can feel the excitement brewing as the two teams prepare to take the field on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 12. So, kick back and watch the big game, and don’t miss Rihanna’s exciting performance during halftime.