For Immediate Release
|July 30, 2018||
Pedro Fortier, Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of Puerto Rico (939) 475-2962;
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
|U.S. Marshals Arrest Triple Homicide Suspect and Top Ten Most Wanted|
San Juan, PR - The U.S. Marshals Service-led Puerto Rico
Violent Offenders Task Force (PRVOTF) in the District of Puerto Rico
arrested a man wanted for federal drug charges and in connection with a
triple homicide in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
Jorge Torres Rodriguez, aka “Polli” was wanted by U.S. Marshals for federal drug conspiracy charges. Torres, along with more than sixty individuals were indicted by the DEA in 2016 as members of the Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) “Alma Negra”.
According to PRVOTF investigators, Torres became a leader in several public housing projects in the Ponce area after his former boss Miguel Pacheco Mejias aka “Miguel Raton” was arrested by the U.S. Marshals in 2017. Torres was hiding in different locations throughout the southern area, after he was featured by the local media, as one of the U.S. Marshals and Puerto Rico Police most wanted
Puerto Rico Police developed information connecting Torres to a triple homicide that occurred at the Lopez Nusa housing project in August, 2015 in the town of Ponce, PR.
Recent information developed by the USMS NY/NJ RFTF, indicated that Torres was still in the Ponce area. PRVOTF developed information which indicated Torres was seen inside a residence at Hostos Street in Ponce. On July 28, 2018 the PRVOTF arrived at the location and apprehended Torres without incident, at the location an AK-47, narcotics, ammunitions and US Currency was found. Torres was transported to the Federal Detention Center in Guaynabo, PR.
During the investigation and apprehension, support was provided by members of the NY/NJ RFTF in Trenton, NJ, New Jersey State Police and Puerto Rico Police special arrest units from San Juan and Ponce areas.
Orlando Rivera, U.S. Marshal for the District of Puerto Rico indicated that “This arrest is a testament to the outstating investigative work and tireless efforts of the US Marshals Service, the Puerto Rico Violent Offenders Task Force and our local partners who worked together to bring this dangerous fugitive to justice and make our streets safer”.
The PRVOTF is a multi-jurisdictional task force comprised of investigators from the Puerto Rico Police Department, San Juan Municipal Police, PR Department of Corrections, PR State Marshals and the State Internal Revenue Service.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.
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