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Scranton, PA

Roberto Torner, age 45, Liza Robles, age 34, both of Freeland, Pennsylvania, and David Alzugaray-Lugones, age 49, of Weatherly, Pennsylvania, were convicted on October 31, 2018, of heroin trafficking, firearms, and stolen military C-4 explosives offenses following a 12 day trial before United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion in Scranton.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the jury returned the guilty verdict on all counts charged in the superseding indictment after about three hours of deliberation. Torner was convicted of one count each of conspiring to distribute heroin, distributing heroin, conspiring to be a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, possessing stolen explosives, and being a felon in possession of explosives.

Robles was convicted of one count each of conspiring to distribute heroin, distributing heroin, conspiring to have a felon possess firearms and ammunition, and one count of providing firearms and ammunition to a felon. Alzugaray-Lugones was convicted of one count of conspiring to distribute heroin, and one count of distributing heroin.

The US Attorney said evidence presented at trial showed that in June 2015, Torner, Robles, and Alzugaray-Lugones worked together to sell approximately five grams of heroin (which is approximately  200 individual doses of heroin) to a confidential informant.  The government also said it also presented evidence that over the course of nearly a decade, Robles purchased numerous handguns, assault rifles, a shotgun, a rifle, and ammunition that she made available to her fiancé, Torner, who was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition as a three-time convicted felon.

After the trio were charged in an initial indictment for the heroin trafficking and firearms offenses, Torner was released on pretrial supervision.  Freed said eveidence at trial showed that while on pretrial supervision, he planted a brick of stolen U.S. military C-4 plastic explosives on one of his rental properties, last inhabited by Alzugaray-Lugones.  Law enforcement officials recovered 1.5 lbs. of stolen C-4, which resulted in additional explosives charges being filed against Torner.

Torner faces up to life imprisonment, Robles up to 20 years of imprisonment, and for Alzugaray up to 20 years of imprisonment as well as a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine.