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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.

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