San Juan, PR – The U.S. Marshals-led Puerto Rico Violent Offenders Task Force arrested a suspected leader of a drug trafficking organization (DTO) wanted in the Southern District of New York.
On January 7, 2020, the Southern District of New York issued an arrest warrant against Orlando Carmona Serrano for drug trafficking and firearms violations. Information developed by New York investigators indicated Carmona Serrano was residing in Puerto Rico, acting as a leader of a drug trafficking organization operating out of several public housing projects in the San Juan metro area.
Working in conjunction with investigators from S/NY, the PRVOTF assumed the lead on the investigation.
Carmona Serrano was charged June 3, 2020, with attempted murder by Puerto Rico authorities after he shot at a police officer during a traffic stop. Carmona Serrano was subsequently featured as one of the "Top 10" most wanted in the District of Puerto Rico.
On March 10, 2021, after a year-long investigation the PRVOTF located the residence of Carmona Serrano in the town of Trujillo Alto, where he was placed under arrest without incident.
A large amount of U.S. currency and several firearms were confiscated at the residence.
"This is a clear statement to all fugitives from the law," said U.S. Marshal for the District of Puerto Rico Wilmer Ocasio-Ibarra. "The Marshals will continue to work closely with our state local law enforcement partners to make our streets and communities safer."