Two defendants arrested for operating a drug delivery service responsible for three overdose deaths | USAO-SDNY


Audrey Strauss, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Dermot Shea, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), and Ray Donovan, Special Agent in charge of the New York City Division of The Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) announced that JOSE LUIS TEJADA AYBAR (“TEJADA”) and ALLEN ALEXIS ABISADA GUZMAN (“ABISADA”) were indicted in criminal complaints unsealed today in Manhattan Federal Court for narcotics conspiracy resulting in the deaths of Marsha Clarke of the Bronx, New York, and Martin Banks and Edward Lynch of Yonkers, New York. TEJADA was arrested this morning and will be presented later today before US trial judge Ona T. Wang in Manhattan. ABISADA was arrested today and will be presented tomorrow before US trial judge Jonathan Goodman in Miami.

Manhattan US attorney Audrey Strauss said: “As alleged, the defendants operated an on-demand delivery service for the distribution of highly addictive and dangerous drugs. The cocaine distributed by the Accused Department was mixed with the lethal synthetic opioid fentanyl and, as is claimed, caused the death of three victims. Thanks to the tireless efforts of the police, the delivery service for defendants is no longer in operation.

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said, “Every overdose in New York City is traced to its source by the NYPD and its law enforcement partners, to prevent the types of senseless deaths that victims have suffered in. this case. I commend our investigators and prosecutors in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York for tirelessly combating this scourge with all the tools at our disposal.

DEA Special Agent Ray Donovan said, “Today’s arrests highlight the dangers associated with illicit drugs contaminated with fentanyl. Tejada’s suspected drug delivery service put lethal doses of the drug into the hands of three New Yorkers, causing them to overdose. Too many lives have been lost due to fentanyl-related overdoses and I applaud the NYPD, the United States Attorney’s Office, the DEA Homestead Residents’ Office and members of the New York Strike Force for their diligent efforts in this regard. investigation.

As alleged in the complaints[1]:

Between at least January 2018 and at least February 2020, TEJADA and ABISADA operated a narcotics delivery service (the “Cab Louie Delivery Service”) in the New York area. On or around September 19, 2019, ABISADA, working for the Cab Louie delivery service, delivered cocaine to Clarke, Banks and Lynch. Within two days, the cocaine delivered by Cab Louie’s delivery service, which was contaminated with fentanyl, caused the overdose deaths of Clarke, Banks and Lynch, as well as the hospitalization of Clarke’s husband.

Shortly thereafter, TEJADA recorded a news article on her phone reporting the overdose deaths of Banks and Lynch. TEJADA nevertheless continued to operate the Cab Louie delivery service. From October 2019 or around February 2020, TEJADA and ABISADA, operating through the Cab Louie delivery service, repeatedly sold cocaine to an undercover NYPD agent.

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JOSE LUIS TEJADA AYBAR, 39, of Yonkers, New York, and ALLEN ALEXIS ABISADA GUZMAN, 40, of Bronx, New York, are each charged with conspiracy to narcotics causing death, carrying a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

The potential minimum and maximum sentences described above are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any conviction of the defendant would be determined by the designated judge.

Ms. Strauss commended the exceptional investigative work of the NYPD Detective Borough Bronx Violent Crimes Squad and the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (“OCDETF”) New York Strike Force. The OCDETF New York Strike Force is a crime-fighting unit made up of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies supported by the Anti-Organized Crime and Area Task Force. New York / New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking. The Strike Force is affiliated with the New York Division of the DEA and includes officers and officers from the DEA, New York City Police Department, New York State Police, Investigations Homeland Security, the Criminal Investigations Division of the US Internal Revenue Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. and Explosives, US Customs and Border Protection, US Secret Service, US Marshals Service, New York National Guard, Clarkstown Police Department, US Coast Guard, Port Washington Police Department, and New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. Ms Strauss also thanked the Yonkers Police Department and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office for their assistance in this case, and thanked the Miami Field Division of the DEA for their assistance in arresting ABISADA.

The case is being handled by the Narcotics Unit of the Agency. Deputy United States Attorney Alexander Li is in charge of the prosecution.

The charges contained in the complaints are only charges and the accused are presumed innocent unless and until their guilt is proven.

[1] As the introductory sentence indicates, all of the texts of the complaints and the descriptions of the complaints set forth herein constitute allegations only, and each fact described herein should be treated as an allegation with respect to the defendants indicted in the complaints.

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