On December 6, 2013, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested two subjects following an investigation into suppliers of cocaine in Seneca County. The investigation concluded with members of the Sheriff’s Office executing a search warrant at 506 Waterloo/Geneva Road in the Town of Waterloo.
Sheriff’s Investigators seized approximately 5.5 ounces (over one quarter of a pound) of cocaine, packaging materials, digital scales, and approximately $2,100.00 in United States currency. The street value of the cocaine found inside the home is estimated to be more than $15,000. It was also determined following the investigation that a child under the age of eighteen years old resided in the while the drugs were possessed in home.
Following the search warrant, Sheriff’s Investigators charged both Mildred Ortiz, 40, and Benigno Lopez, 39, with:
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, a Class A-II Felony
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a Class B Felony
Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia in the Second Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor
Unlawfully Dealing with a Child in the First Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor
Ortiz and Lopez both reside at 506 Waterloo/Geneva Road, Waterloo, New York. Ortiz was arraigned in the Waterloo Town Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $10,000 cash bail/$20,000 secured bond.
Ortiz is to reappear in the Waterloo Town Court on December 9, 2013 at 9am. Lopez was also arraigned in the Waterloo Town Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $35,000 cash bail/$70,000 secured bond.
Lopez is to reappear in the Waterloo Town Court on December 9, 2013 at 9am.T he Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit was assisted by members of the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) and the Sheriff’s Uniform Road Patrol.
An arrest is not a conviction. All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty