Elizabeth City man charged with fentanyl trafficking, held on $1,000,000 bond

By on May 8, 2024

(Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office)

Al Esteban Ortiz. (Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office)

On May 5, the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office initiated a vehicle stop on Hwy 17 North, in reference to a 2024 Hyundai Tucson due to speeding. Before the vehicle stop, a Deputy witnessed the driver throw an object out of the car window. Al Esteban Ortiz, 47, of the 800 block of Briarwood Rd. in Elizabeth City, was identified as the driver. During the vehicle stop, Currituck County K-9 “Omar” alerted Deputies of the presence of narcotics in the vehicle. As a result of the traffic stop, approximately 185 grams of fentanyl was seized.

Ortiz became the focal point of the investigation when investigators determined that he was supplying fentanyl in Elizabeth City and surrounding areas. The investigation revealed that Ortiz was using the previously described vehicle to transport the fentanyl from New York to Elizabeth City, where he would package and sell the fentanyl.

Ortiz was arrested on the scene and is confined in Albemarle District under a $1,000,000 secured bond. He was charged with five felonies related to trafficking fentanyl, possession with intent to sell and maintaining a vehicle to store a controlled substance. He is also charged with three misdemeanors.

The Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office, K-9 “Omar,” and the Chesapeake Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.



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  • Deportation

    If this man is here illegally, deport him immediately. Spend no more tax $$$ on this moral less pos. If he is legal, give him the maximum.

    Wednesday, May 8 @ 8:20 pm
  • Mary Jane Slesinski

    According to the Daily Advance, Elizabeth City:
    “A local businessman was being held at Albemarle District Jail on Monday in lieu of a $1 million secured bond after he was arrested and charged with trafficking both heroin and fentanyl. Al Esteban Ortiz, 47, of the 300 block of S. Hughes Blvd., Elizabeth City, was arrested by the Pasquotank Sheriff’s Office on Sunday, according to a copy of an arrest warrant. Ortiz is charged with three counts of felony trafficking opium or heroin and single felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver schedule II of a controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle for the possession of a controlled substance.
    Ortiz owns the Just Wings chicken wing restaurant at 1843 W. Ehringhaus Street at Port Elizabeth Centre which he opened with his wife, Ivory Ortiz, in June 2019.”

    This does not sound like an illegal immigrant. Don’t judge by a name and picture.

    Thursday, May 9 @ 12:36 am
  • Dave

    The Daily Advance said he was going 72 in a 60 mph zone. 72 is tame, I see 75-90 mph everyday on that stretch of road…

    Thursday, May 9 @ 9:03 am
  • Liz

    @Mary Jane Slesinski

    Your point? Deportation’s comment clearly says “if”. “If this man is here illegally” and “If he is legal”.
    More to the point is what he threw out the window. A 1,000,000 bond is pretty darn high.

    Thursday, May 9 @ 9:26 am
  • Mike

    Relax, Mary Jane. A conditional statement was made using the word “if”. In fact, two were made. Nevertheless, Deportation’s suspicion is perfectlly reasonable given the flood of fentanyl to all points across this country through what is our now open border with Mexico.
    Now let us all return to standing in awe of your virtuousness. Someone get MJ a gold star asap!

    Thursday, May 9 @ 12:33 pm
  • Face

    Congrats to all law enforcement! Finally, a judge & county that gets it!

    Thursday, May 16 @ 2:28 am