U.S. Attorney David Anderson announced charges Wednesday against a number of people accused of selling drugs in the Tenderloin. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

U.S. Attorney David Anderson announced charges Wednesday against a number of people accused of selling drugs in the Tenderloin. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Federal prosecutors indict 8 accused of selling fentanyl in Tenderloin

Federal prosecutors in San Francisco announced a grand jury indictment against eight people, all East Bay residents, accusing the group of regularly traveling to the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood to sell drugs like heroin and fentanyl.

The indicted defendants have been identified as Emilson Jonathan Cruz Mayorquin, 23; Leydis Yaneth Cruz, 42; Ivan Mauro Mayorquin, 35; Pamela Carrero, 20; Ana Maldonado, 22; Adonis Torres, 33; Mayer Benegas-Medina, 27; and Gustabo Alfonso Ramos, 22.

According to prosecutors, the group worked as a team, as several of them are family members, in order to engage in street-level drug sales and supply drugs for resale to multiple drug distributors.

In a federal complaint, prosecutors allege multiple members of the group sold a total of $45,000 worth of drugs, including powder fentanyl, counterfeit pharmaceutical pills containing fentanyl and heroin, to an undercover agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. In a separate instance, Ramos sold 4 ounces of fentanyl for $4,000, prosecutors said.

Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. Between January and August of this year, fentanyl was attributed to 300 accidental overdose deaths in San Francisco, according to data from the city’s medical examiner’s office.

All the defendants, except for Ramos, have been charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess fentanyl with the intent to sell. Ramos has been charged with distribution of fentanyl, as well as Carrero and Leydis Yaneth Cruz, according to federal prosecutors.

“Parents and children who are sheltering in place against the COVID virus find it impossible to leave their own homes because of open-air drug use and drug trafficking by people who have come to the Tenderloin from outside the neighborhood,” U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California David Anderson said in as statement. “No neighborhood should be designated a law-free zone where dangerous drugs can be bought and sold with impunity.”

Bay Area NewsCrimesan francisco news

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

A view of Science Hall at the City College of San Francisco Ocean campus on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
CCSF begins search for next chancellor amid new challenges

‘It’s arguably the biggest single responsibility the board has,’ trustee says

Some people are concerned that University of California, San Francisco’s expansion at its Parnassus campus could cause an undesirable increase in the number of riders on Muni’s N-Judah line.<ins></ins>
Will UCSF’s $20 million pledge to SFMTA offset traffic woes?

An even more crowded N-Judah plus increased congestion ahead cause concern

(Robert Greene/Tribune News Service)
As tensions grow over vaccinations and politics, California lawmakers face threats from public

Anti-vaccine speakers hint at gun violence during routine budget hearing at state Capitol

Dr. Martin Luther King in Sam Pollard’s ‘MLK/FBI’. (Courtesy of IFC Films/TNS)
The superb documentary ‘MLK/FBI’ clearly connects the past to our troubling present

Justin Chang Los Angeles Times Among the many archival materials excerpted in… Continue reading

Toni Isabella, a counselor at Ohlhoff Recovery Programs, finds helpful assistance from service dog Barker Posey.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Toni Isabella: Helping people indoors and out recover from addiction’s dark side

Counselor supports holistic, progressive approach to healing

Most Read