‘Dominican Hulk’ and auxiliary cop busted in gun, drug sting

An auxiliary cop and a body builder who calls himself the Dominican Hulk were busted with four others in a drug and gun sting, authorities said Wednesday.

The felonious sextet was undone by a crafty undercover officer, who convinced them to sell him $30,000 in cocaine, heroin and the steroids in 19 transactions.

Auxiliary cop Ramon Espinal, who is assigned to the 23rd Precinct in East Harlem, was tied up in the sale of an illegal gun, according to Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan.

Authorities obtained this weapon in the sting. An auxiliary police officer is among those charged with firearm sales.


A pre-dawn raid by police Wednesday yielded four-and-a-half pounds of cocaine, worth $60,000, and more steroids.

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The case stemmed from a year-long wiretap investigation by the NYPD’s Criminal Enterprise Investigation Unit and the Vice Squad.

The undercover officer first bought steroids from Jimmy Liu, 42, authorities said.

Liu subsequently sold cocaine, heroin and Xanax to the cop. The wiretap revealed that Liu allegedly got his drugs from two other men, Jerry Jagernauth, 46, and body builder Jose Rodriguez, 46.

Auxiliary cop Ramon Espinal was tied up in the sale of an illegal gun.

(Alec Tabak for New York Daily News)

Rodriguez has posted inspirational YouTube videos of himself shoulder pressing 315 pounds, under the Dominican Hulk name.

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In one of the clips, he describes himself as a “master powerlifter.”

“This (powerlifting) saved my life,” he said in footage from 2015. “I would like to be a role model, a role model to kids. At the end of the day, you want to leave a legacy. That’s why I’m trying to do.”

Rodriguez allegedly bought steroids from Liu.

A man named Vincent Guttila allegedly supplied Liu with heroin.

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Rodriguez and Guttila also allegedly sold cocaine to the undercover cop.

On July 24, the wiretap caught Rodriguez and Espinal, 32, talking about a gun.

Jose Rodriguez, a body builder, goes by the name “Dominican Hulk.” He was one of six people busted in the drug sting. 


“Have Smith and Wesson it is good quality,” Espinal wrote in a text message.

He later sent Rodriguez a picture of a 9-mm. pistol.

Three weeks later, Rodriguez sold the gun to the undercover officer for $500, authorities said.

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