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Saturday, May 14, 2011

AG: Suspect led crime ring’s heroin supply

The man who allegedly ran the heroin supply for what the attorney general calls the Rossetti Criminal Organization was held without bail after being arraigned yesterday in Suffolk Superior Court.
Prosecutors from Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office said Jose Mercado, who has several aliases, was arrested Thursday night for breaking and entering with the intent to commit a felony, and conspiracy to commit breaking and entering.
Last year Coakley announced the arrest of Mark Rossetti and others accused of running a criminal enterprise with links to New York organized crime families. Rossetti faces charges that include trafficking heroin, attempted extortion and breaking and entering.
Mercado, who allegedly was responsible for the heroin supply for the organization, was indicted after troopers from the State Police Special Service Section intercepted telephone calls between Mercado, Rossetti and others planning a March 2010 break-in at the Hyde Park home of Mercado’s cousin, authorities said.
Mercado allegedly told his associates that his cousin was storing vast amounts of heroin, and concocted a scheme to break in to the family’s home, hold them hostage and steal the supply. According to prosecutors, he told his accomplices that they could hit his cousin, but instructed them against “really hurting her, because, after all, she was family,” prosecutors said.
Mercado’s court-appointed lawyer, Lorenzo Perez, yesterday declined to comment on the charges, but said there is a “question of identity” in this case.
When arrested, the suspect had a Pennsylvania driver’s license with an alias and denied being Mercado, prosecutors said.



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