FBI raids Glenville apartment

TimesUnion.com on June 6, 2012 released the following:

“By Paul Nelson

GLENVILLE — A fugitive wanted for his alleged role in a 2009 drug-related killing in South Florida was among three people nabbed by FBI agents during a Tuesday morning raid of an apartment not far from the local police department, according to authorities and court documents.

Gilberto Santiesteban Jr. faces federal charges of kidnapping resulting in a death and aiding and abetting in the abduction and slaying of a man named Fidel Ruz Moreno, according to the criminal complaint and affidavits.

The legal documents states that Moreno, 35, was among of group that allegedly forced their way into and stole a large amount of pot from one of the places in Miami Dade County that Santiesteban and members of his family had been running a major hydroponic marijuana growing operation.

In June 2009, several members of the drug syndicate are accused of carjacking, kidnapping, and killing Moreno, who they identified through surveillance footage of being involved in the home invasion and robbery, the criminal complaint indicates.

Santiesteban and two others identified as Alejandro Pimentel, 46, and Estrella Mijares, 29, were nabbed at an apartment on Glenridge Road Tuesday morning. It’s unclear how the trio ended up in Glenville.

Pimentel and Mijares, are charged with federal conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 1,000 or more marijuana plants and aiding and abetting, for their alleged role in the drug operation from January of 2004 to May 2012. Mijares is described in court papers as Santiesteban’s “paramour.”

In all, five defendants face federal kidnapping with death resulting charges while a total of 11 face narcotics offenses for their part in the pot growing business.

The FBI Office in Albany confirmed Tuesday that they conducted an “operation” in Glenville but declined to elaborate, citing the investigation is ongoing. FBI agents were assisted by Glenville Police.”


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