ALBANY, NEW YORK – Carlos Leon, age 62, and his son Jose Leon Roldan, age 41, both of Troy, New York, appeared in court this week on a charge of conspiring to distribute 1 kilogram or more of heroin.
The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon; Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Division; and Rensselaer County Sheriff Pat Russo.
The indictment also charges that on March 30, 2020, Carlos Leon possessed and intended to distribute quantities of heroin, cocaine and oxycodone, and unlawfully possessed a Ruger handgun and Glock handgun as a felon. The charges in the indictment are merely accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
A third man, Mario Figueroa-Portalatin, age 42, of Troy, pled guilty on August 11, 2020 to conspiring to distribute 1 kilogram or more of heroin.
Carlos Leon, who has been in custody since March 30, was arraigned yesterday on the indictment. Jose Leon Roldan appeared today before United States Magistrate Judge Christian F. Hummel, and was ordered detained pending a hearing on Monday. On the drug conspiracy charge, each man faces at least 10 years and up to life in prison, as well as post-release supervision of at least 5 years and up to life. Carlos Leon also faces up to 20 years in prison on the drug possession charge, and up to 10 years in prison on the firearms charge. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.
A separate indictment charges Anthony Leon, age 34, of Watervliet, New York, with distributing cocaine on February 26, 2020, and possessing and intending to distribute cocaine on March 30. Anthony Leon is the son of Carlos Leon, and the brother of Jose Leon Roldan. The charges in the indictment are merely accusations. Anthony Leon is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. Anthony Leon faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. He appeared today before Judge Hummel and was ordered detained pending a hearing on Monday.
These cases are being investigated by DEA Albany, the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office, and the Watervliet Police Department, and are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.