TULSA -- Five people have been charged in connection with a Tulsa heroin delivery service that authorities said mirrored delivery systems of national pizza restaurants.
A grand jury in the northern district of Oklahoma handed down the indictments against Martin Estaban-Flores, 27, Wilber Ramirez, 27, Antonio Inda-Ibarra, 25, Richardo Garcia, 40 and Angel Martinez, 22.
According to the indictment, Flores acted as the dispatcher, receiving calls from customers and then telling them where to meet heroin delivery drivers.
Officials said the drivers delivered customers balloons containing one gram of heroin at a cost of $100 per balloon. Officials said the turnaround for the heroin sales was about 30 minutes.
FBI Special Agents and task force officers served a federal search warrant during what was called "Operation: Papa Juan's" at an east Tulsa hotel on Oct. 16 in relation to the case. The indictment said Inda-Ibarra sold heroin to undercover officers.
“Heroin and illegal opiate drugs are poisoning our local communities,” said United States Attorney Trent Shores. “The four kilograms of heroin seized by law enforcement represented approximately 16,000 doses with an approximate street value of $400,000 to $500,000. The United States Attorney’s Office stands ready to work with federal, state, local, and tribal partners to aggressively prosecute those who would seek to profit from the trafficking of heroin.”
The defendants were charged with heroin conspiracy, possession of heroin with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin.
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