Mass State Police And DEA Arrest Owner Of La Casa Del Mofongo For Drug Trafficking

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By Tiffany Williams –

On April 9, State Police with the DEA conducting a drug investigation in Worcester, arrested Francisco Ortiz-Rivera and Jorge Rosario both allegedly involved in a drug trafficking organization.

State Police through electronic surveillance intercepted conversations on multiple dates between both Ortiz-Rivera and Rosario. The state police alledge that both suspects were actively involved in the distribution of controlled substances, and in the collection of debts arising from these activities.

Ortiz-Rivera the owner of La Casa Del Mofongo, a Spanish restaurant located at 848 Main St, Worcester is believed to be the leader of a highly organized drug trafficking organization involving Jorge Rosario, Joel Rosario and others.

State Police alledge that during their investigation they intercepted electronic conversations, made controlled drug purchases, made arrests of subjects and also made drug seizures. Through their investigation State Police determined that Ortiz-Rivera orchestrated a majority of the DTO’s illegal activities from La Casa Del Mofongo.

Ortiz-Rivera currently has two open cases in Worcester County Superior Court. Both cases are related to drug trafficking of heroin.

Ortiz-Rivera in 2014 was arrested by Mass State Police for trafficking in heroin and possession of Class A drug with intent to distribute. Ortiz-Rivera posted $25,000 cash bail. The case was suppose to go to a jury trial on 03/18/2019 in Worcester County Superior Court but that was canceled and on 05/13/2019, Ortiz-Rivera is expected to take a plea offer.

In November of 2018, Ortiz-Rivera was arrested by Worcester Police as a joint venture for trafficking in heroin(18 to 36 grams), two counts of improper storage of a firearm, three counts of possession of a firearm without a license to carry, three counts of possession of a firearm during commission of a felony and firearm violation with one prior drug or violent crime conviction.

Ortiz-Rivera was released on $10,000 cash bail. The charges of two counts of improper storage of a firearm, three counts of possession of a firearm without a license to carry, three counts of possession of a firearm during commission of a felony and firearm violation with one prior drug or violent crime conviction were dismissed and Ortiz-Rivera was indicted on the trafficking in heroin charge.

Because of his arrest on April 9, 2019 on 04/10/2019 a straight warrant was issued for the arrest of Ortiz-Rivera by Judge James G. Reardon Jr. Ortiz-Rivera was committed for violation of pre-trial release.

The Commonwealth’s motion to revoke bail for violation of pre-trial release was denied by Judge Paul D. Wilson on 04/11/2019. on 05/13/2019, Ortiz-Rivera is expected to take a plea offer.

Ortiz-Rivera on 7/29/1999 was convicted of manslaughter and in that case was sentenced by the court to six to eight years.

Jorge Rosario currently has an open case in the Worcester County Superior Court from 2016 for trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in heroin, possession to distribute class B drug, possession to distribute class E drug and conspiracy to violate drug law.

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