A Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge sealed documents of convicted heroin dealer Ortiz Jr. under a plea agreement.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
August 13, 2016
Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Witkowiak ordered court documents in the major heroin drug trafficking case involving Eastside Mafioso gang leader Charles Ortiz Jr., 31, sealed after he pleaded guilty in June to four felony counts for possession with intent to deliver heroin and one felony count for possession with intent to deliver cocaine. Six other felony counts for heroin drug trafficking were dismissed under a plea agreement to plea guilty. Ortiz Jr. was sentenced to 77 years in prison and 44 years of extended supervision for the multiple felony counts, but under the plea agreement, Ortiz Jr. will serve the multiple sentences concurrently, which he will only serve a mandatory sentence of 8 years in prison and 12 years of extended supervision under the plea agreement, according to court records.
According to court records, in 2014 Milwaukee police in a joint investigation with the DEA netted 48 suspects in a major heroin sting operation that originated from the east side of the city. Heroin and cocaine was distributed and sold in at least 20 cities including Waukesha, Kenosha and Racine.
Five suspects were also taken into custody in Illinois for supplying heroin and cocaine to the Eastside Mafiosos.
Ortiz Jr. was also arrested along with 48 suspects and was alleged to be one of the heroin ring leaders that sold at least $4,000 of heroin and cocaine per day totaling more than $1.4M a year from his Milwaukee’s East Side operation, according to authorities.
Police found marijuana, cocaine, heroin and weapons at a home used as a daycare for children, according to the criminal complaint.
The heroin and cocaine was smuggled into the U.S. by Mexican drug cartels and ended up in Chicago. The heroin was then brought to Milwaukee by Ortiz Jr. and a local gang called the Eastside Mafiosos.
Both Ortiz Jr. and his father, Charles Ortiz Sr. were considered the main leaders of the Eastside Miafiosos gang who were charged on November 6, 2014 for possession, distribution and trafficking cocaine and heroin, according to the criminal complaint.
In June 2015, 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.
48 suspects who were arrested in connection with the Eastside Mafiosos gang heroin dealing case, only 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.