Charles Ortiz Sr. one of the leaders of the Milwaukee Eastside Mafiosos was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his connection to a heroin operation in Milwaukee and surrounding counties.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
June 25, 2015
Milwaukee, WI – Charles Ortiz Sr., 48, pleaded guilty to one felony count for possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to deliver and was sentenced by Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Johnathan D. Watts to 30 years in prison with mandatory confinement of 15 years and 15 years extended supervision, according to court records.
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 for heroin and cocaine trafficking in November 2014. Most of the other petty suspects were released with the condition to seek rehab treatment for heroin and cocaine addiction, according to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.