Three deaths in one day from fentanyl-laced cocaine traced to drug sales by West Milford man and two others

| 04 Feb 2022 | 12:17

    Tuesday, February 1, 2022

    Arrest and search warrants in connection with multiple fatal overdose deaths and narcotics distribution led to the arrest of Billy Ortega, 35, of West Milford, NJ; Kaylen Rainey, 30, of Manhattan, NY; and William Drayton, 30, of Hackensack, NJ, on Tuesday, Feb. 1, by West Milford Police Detectives, and members of the West Milford Police Special Operations Unit assisted NYPD and NJ and NY DEA Field Offices. The three apprehended are each charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl and cocaine, according to a West Milford Police report. Ortega and Rainey are also charged with causing the deaths of the three victims in connection with the narcotics conspiracy, with carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison.

    West Milford detectives were contacted in mid 2021 by NYPD Detectives investigating several overdose deaths involving fentanyl laced cocaine, according to the report. The detectives initiated surveillance activities and provided actionable intelligence on the suspect to assist the NYPD and NJ and NY DEA Field Offices leading up to and including the execution of the warrants.

    Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Tim Foley, the Acting Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Keechant Sewell, the Commissioner of the New York City Police Department, announced that Ortega, also known as “Jason,” and Rainey were charged in a criminal complaint unsealed today in Manhattan federal court with narcotics conspiracy resulting in the deaths of Julia Ghahramani, Ross Mtangi, and Amanda Scher in Manhattan. Drayton was also charged in the complaint as a member of the conspiracy.

    U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said: “As alleged, the defendants operated an on-demand delivery service for the distribution of highly addictive and dangerous drugs. The cocaine distributed by defendants Ortega and Rainey on behalf of their delivery service was laced with the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl, and as alleged, caused the deaths of three victims on a single day. Thanks to the tireless efforts of law enforcement, the defendants’ deadly delivery service is out of business.”

    The description of the complaint constitutes only allegations, and every fact described should be treated as an allegation.