Eastside Mafioso Leader Charles Ortiz Sr. Pled Guilty For Trafficking Heroin

Charles Ortiz Sr. one of the leaders of the Milwaukee Eastside Mafiosos is facing up to 55 years in prison and $150K in fines.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

April 16, 2015

Milwaukee, WI – On Thursday, Charles Ortiz Sr., 48, pleaded guilty to two felony counts for possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to deliver and is facing up to 55 years in prison and up to $150,000 in fines. Ortiz Sr. sentencing court date with Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Johnathan D. Watts is scheduled for May 18.
Ortiz Sr. was considered one of the main leaders of the Eastside Mafiosos who smuggled marijuana, cocaine and heroin into Wisconsin via Chicago. The Mafiosos distributed marijuana, cocaine and heroin in Waukesha, Racine, Kenosha and Milwaukee.
The Mafiosos under the leadership of Ortiz Sr. sold at least $4,000 of heroin and cocaine per day totaling more than $1.4M a year from his Milwaukee Eastside operation, according to the criminal complaint.

48 suspects were arrested and 17 were charged in November 2014. Most of the other petty suspects were released with the condition to seek rehab treatment for heroin and cocaine addition, according to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.

● Charles Ortiz Jr., 29, was charged with five felony counts for possession with intent to deliver heroin and one felony count for possession with intent to deliver cocaine. Bail for Ortiz Jr. was set at $20,000 cash.

● John D. Carter, 34, was charged with two felony counts for possession with intent to deliver heroin and cocaine. Bail was set at $20,000 cash for Carter.

● Jesus Correa, 22, was charged with one felony count for possession with intent to deliver heroin and a cash bail of $10,000 was set for Correa.

● Tieommo A. Horton, 39, was charged with one felony count for possession with intent to deliver heroin and a cash bail was set at $2,500 for Horton.

● Robert J. Jenks, 32, was charged with one felony count for possession with intent to deliver heroin and a cash bail of $1,500 was set for Jenks.

● Nicolás R. Perez, 45, was charged with one felony count for possession with intent to deliver heroin.

● Genaro Rodriguez, 59, was charged with one felony count for possession with intent to deliver heroin.

● Gerald Rodríguez, 32, was charged with one felony count for possession with intent to deliver heroin.

● Neil A. Hausknecht, 29, was charged with one felony count for possession with intent to deliver heroin and a cash bail of $1,000 was set for Hausknecht.

● Ronald Hausknecht, 31, was charged with one felony count for possession with intent to deliver heroin and a cash bail was set at $750.00 for Hausknecht.

● Melissa A. Heath, 26, was charged with one felony count for possession with intent to deliver heroin and a $500 cash bail was set for Heath.

● William “Phill” E. Hollins, 53, was charged with one felony count for possession with intent to deliver heroin and a cash bail of $500 was set for Hollins.

● Jason Gureski, 34, was charged with one felony count for possession with intent to deliver heroin and a cash bail of $500 was set for Gureski.

● Benny E. Burgos, 30, was charged with one felony count for possession with intent to deliver heroin and one felony count for manufacturing with intent to deliver heroin. A cash bail of $500 was set for Burgos.

● Francesca Alicea, 23, was charged with one felony count for possession with intent to deliver heroin and a cash bail of $500 was set for Alicea.

● Samuel Berndt, 30, was charged with two felony counts for possession with intent to deliver heroin and bail was set at $500 for Berndt.

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