Alleged Dominican capo extradited to New York faces life imprisonment for drug-related crimes

NEW YORK. – The alleged Dominican drug lord, Anyerson de la Cruz Rosario, extradited from the Dominican Republic to this city, after being arrested in July on the 27th of February Leopoldo Navarro corner in Santo Domingo, faces life imprisonment for a string of crimes related to drug trafficking, prosecutors said Tuesday.

The defendant, who was actively sought by federal and city police, had fled several years ago to the Dominican Republic where he was hiding, was captured in mid-July by agents of the National Drug Control Directorate (DNCD), officers of the DEA and sheriffs of the United States (US Marshalls), after a statement of accusations on March 17, 2016.

The Dominican narco is accused of conspiring to pack and sell thousands of drug packages between December 2014 and March 2016, according to the special narcotics prosecutor Bridget Brennan.

The life sentence he faces would be applied based on the Law of the Capo, in force in the state of New York, to send powerful drug traffickers to prisons for crimes connected to drug trafficking.

He and 11 accomplices were recorded in telephone conversations in which they coordinated drug operations from various places in the Bronx while de la Rosario Rosario supervised the band from the Dominican Republic.

“Rosario also communicated with customers, taking orders, organizing deliveries and sending complaints,” the prosecution said in a statement.

He pleaded not guilty on Monday of operating as a major drug trafficker, conspiracy and other charges in his indictment before the judge of the Manhattan State Supreme Court, Althea Drysdale

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