BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) — US Attorney Trini E. Ross announced Wednesday that a Buffalo woman found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute heroin was sentenced to 10 years was sentenced to prison.
On February 27, 2019, Buffalo police officers responded to a call about a drug overdose and found a 24-year-old man deceased. The victim’s girlfriend told officers she met the defendant, 29-year-old Genesis Tolentino-Cruz, and co-defendant Orlando Albert-Arroyo at a Cheektowaga gas station to buy heroin.
Later that night, the friend and the victim took some of the heroin they bought from Tolentino-Cruz and Albert-Arroyo and went to sleep. When the friend woke up, she found her boyfriend dead.
In March and April 2019, investigators conducted six controlled heroin purchases at Tolentino-Cruz and Albert-Arroyo. On April 19, 2019, a search warrant was executed at the defendant’s home, seizing heroin, ammunition, a rifle, a handgun and drug processing items.
Albert-Arroyo was previously convicted and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 2, 2023.