Attorney General James Announces Arrest of Fentanyl and Gun Trafficker

Firearms recovered by the investigation photo credit NY AG

(WNY News Now) – New York State Attorney General Letitia James, in collaboration with the New York State Police, has revealed a 94-count indictment against a New York resident. The charges include the alleged sale of deadly fentanyl, heroin, and firearms.

NEW YORK – The investigation conducted by the Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) Organized Crime Task Force (OCTF) seized more than 1.5 kilograms of fentanyl and over 75 grams of heroin worth approximately $142,000, three loaded handguns, a loaded assault rifle, and three high-capacity ammunition feeding devices.

“Drug and gun traffickers put New Yorkers in danger and my office will continue to prosecute those who flood our communities with deadly weapons and narcotics,” said Attorney General James. “This takedown successfully removed dangerous opioids and firearms from our streets. I want to thank our partners in law enforcement for their assistance throughout this investigation.”

As alleged in the indictment, from August 2022 to January 2023, Rafael Figueroa engaged in 11 separate sales of drugs and four separate sales of firearms. The year-long investigation, which began with sales of fentanyl in New York County, spread to Rockland County and eventually included additional sales of heroin and firearms. The investigation included hundreds of hours of physical surveillance, covert cameras, and undercover operations.

The indictment, unsealed before a Rockland County Court, charged Figueroa with 94 crimes. These include various counts of A and B-Felony level Criminal Sale and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, B, C, and D-Felony level firearms crimes, and Conspiracy to commit those crimes. 

The charges against the defendant are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The investigation was led by OCTF Detectives Zylona Silva and Luis Flores, under the supervision of OCTF Detective Supervisor Bradford Miller, OCTF Assistant Chief Ismael Hernandez, and OCTF Deputy Chief Andrew Boss, along with investigators with the New York State Police (NYSP) Special Investigations Unit. The Attorney General’s Investigations Division is led by Chief Oliver Pu-Folkes. 

Attorney General James would also like to thank NYSP Troops K and F and the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this investigation. 

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