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June 10, 2016 at 11:14pm

Drug Trafficking Organization Dismantled
DA Adams announced yesterday that arrest warrants were served for sixteen mid-level individuals with operating a drug operation in Berks County. The individuals were charged with committing offenses involving violations of the PA Crimes Code and the PA Controlled Substances Act, specifically delivery of controlled substances, including heroin, cocaine, marijuana and prescription drugs. The warrants were issued by Magisterial District Judge Stuart D. Kennedy.
In January 2014, Drug Task Force Detectives began an investigation into a drug operation in Berks County. Information revealed the individuals were distributing cocaine, heroin, marijuana and prescription drugs throughout Berks County. During the investigation, undercover detectives purchased amounts of controlled substances with street values ranging from $40 to $1700 from the suspects. As a result, the Drug Task Force joined forces with the Reading Police Department and the Pennsylvania State Police. The investigation centered around Jose Camacho Jr., but as the investigation progressed, other suspects were developed. After detectives discovered probable cause, DA Adams made application to the PA Superior Court for the non-consensual wire and electronic interception of the drug trafficking organization’s cellular telephones. Detectives utilized the court authorized wiretaps as the primary tool in the investigation. The wiretap began in April 2016 and detectives listened to the criminal activity being conducted for approximately a two-month period.
During the investigation, detectives identified sixteen individuals that were active members of the organization and twenty-six were customers.
During the investigation, undercover purchases were made and 14 search warrants were served at the following locations:

• 957 Scott Street, Reading
• 746 North 13th Street, Reading
• 1526 Birch Street, Reading
• 1429 Monroe Street, Reading
• 637 Weiser Street, Reading
• 239 Pear Street, Reading
• 922 McKnight, Reading
• 237 Moss Street, Reading
• 551 Spring Street, Apt. 302, Reading
• 109 Evans Avenue, Reading
• 555 Pearl Street, Reading
• 121 Summit Avenue, Reading
• 29 Spruce Street, Mohnton
• 1663 Bridgeton Road, Breinigsville (Lehigh Co.)

As a result of the search warrants, the following items were seized:

• Substantial amounts of heroin, cocaine and marijuana with a street value of $30,000
• Cutting agents
• Drug-related paraphernalia associated with the distribution of controlled substances
• Over $20,000 in cash
• 16 guns and ammunition
• Various electronic equipment
• 12 Vehicles

Arrest warrants were issued for the individuals listed below. The dealers have all been taken into custody.

Dealers:

Jose Camacho Jr., age 29, Reading, PA
Charges: Corrupt Organizations, Criminal Use of Communication Facility, Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities, Delivery, Conspiracy to Deliver, Possession With the Intent to Deliver, Conspiracy to PWI, Possession, and Conspiracy to Possession (all relating to Cocaine)

Oscar Vila-Astacio, 37, Reading, PA
Charges: Corrupt Organizations, Criminal Use of Communication Facility, Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities, Delivery, Conspiracy to Deliver, Possession With the Intent to Deliver, Conspiracy to PWI, Possession, and Conspiracy to Possession (all relating to Heroin)

Alexander Baez-Rivera, 29, Reading, PA
Charges: Corrupt Organizations, Criminal Use of Communication Facility, Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities, Delivery, Conspiracy to Deliver, Possession With the Intent to Deliver, Conspiracy to PWI, Possession, and Conspiracy to Possession (all relating to Heroin)

Angel Lopez, 30, Reading, PA
Charges: Corrupt Organizations, Criminal Use of Communication Facility, Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities, Delivery, Conspiracy to Deliver, Possession With the Intent to Deliver, Conspiracy to PWI, Possession, and Conspiracy to Possession (all relating to Heroin)

Jose Benedicto, 41, Reading, PA
Charges: Corrupt Organizations, Criminal Use of Communication Facility, Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities, Delivery, Conspiracy to Deliver, Possession With the Intent to Deliver, Conspiracy to PWI, Possession, and Conspiracy to Possession (all relating to Heroin)

Edwin Vargas, 35, Reading, PA
Charges: Corrupt Organizations, Criminal Use of Communication Facility, Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities, Delivery, Conspiracy to Deliver, Possession With the Intent to Deliver, Conspiracy to PWI, Possession, and Conspiracy to Possession (all relating to Heroin)

Marvin Sudler, 46, Reading, PA
Charges: Corrupt Organizations, Criminal Use of Communication Facility, Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities, Delivery, Conspiracy to Deliver, Possession With the Intent to Deliver, Conspiracy to PWI, Possession, and Conspiracy to Possession (all relating to Cocaine and Marijuana Possession)

Calvin Rosado, 35, Reading, PA
Charges: Corrupt Organizations, Criminal Use of Communication Facility, Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities, Delivery, Conspiracy to Deliver, Possession With the Intent to Deliver, Conspiracy to PWI, Possession, and Conspiracy to Possession (all relating to Marijuana and Cocaine Possession)

Nelson Ocasio, 41, Reading, PA
Charges: Corrupt Organizations, Criminal Use of Communication Facility, Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities, Delivery, Conspiracy to Deliver, Possession With the Intent to Deliver, Conspiracy to PWI, Possession, and Conspiracy to Possession (all relating to Cocaine)

Jaime Gonzalez-Flores, 28, Sinking Spring, PA
Charges: Corrupt Organizations, Criminal Use of Communication Facility, Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities, Conspiracy to Deliver, Possession With the Intent to Deliver, Conspiracy to PWI, Possession, and Conspiracy to Possession (All relating to Heroin and Cocaine)

Tyler Knight, age 34, Mohnton, PA
Charges: Criminal Use of Communication Facility, Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities, Delivery, Conspiracy to Deliver, Possession With the Intent to Deliver, Conspiracy to PWI, Possession, and Conspiracy to Possession (all relating to Cocaine and Oxycodone)

Gabriel Oropeza, 28, Reading, PA
Charges: Criminal Use of Communication Facility, Delivery, Conspiracy to Deliver, Possession With the Intent to Deliver, Conspiracy to PWI, Possession, and Conspiracy to Possession (all charges relating to Cocaine)

Galen Schmuck Jr., 53, Ephrata, PA
Charges: Criminal Use of Communication Facility, Delivery, Conspiracy to Deliver, Possession With the Intent to Deliver, Conspiracy to PWI, Possession, and Conspiracy to Possession (all relating to Cocaine and Oxycodone)

Fred Wealand, 52, Ephrata, PA
Charges: Criminal Use of Communication Facility, Delivery, Conspiracy to Deliver, Possession With the Intent to Deliver, Conspiracy to PWI, Possession, and Conspiracy to Possession (all relating to Oxycodone)

Leon Stewart, 53, Reading, PA
Charges: Corrupt Organizations, Criminal Use of Communication Facility, Dealing in proceeds of Unlawful Activities, Possession With the Intent to Deliver, Conspiracy to PWI, Possession, and Conspiracy to Possession (all relating to Marijuana)

Luis Green-Polanco, 37, West Reading, Pennsylvania 19611
Charges: Corrupt Organizations, Criminal Use of Communication Facility, Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities, Conspiracy to Deliver, Possession With the Intent to Deliver, Conspiracy to PWI, Possession, and Conspiracy to Possession (all relating to Cocaine)

If convicted, the sixteen (16) dealers may face a substantial period of incarceration and fines in excess of $100,000.

“The success of dismantling this drug trafficking operation could only have been accomplished with the cooperative combined teamwork of local, county, and state law enforcement agencies. Today, we send a message to the drug dealers of our community that we will use every available law enforcement resource to bring them to justice.”

Buyers taken into custody:
Conrad Bollinger (age 44)
Reamstown, PA
Charges: Criminal Use of Communication Facility and Possession (Charges relating to Heroin)

Michael Cintron (age 41)
Allentown, PA
Charges: Criminal Use of Communication Facility and Possession (Charges relating to Cocaine)

Steven Coller (age 34)
Birdsboro, PA
Charges: Criminal Use of Communication Facility and Possession (Charges relating to Heroin)

Jason Cunningham (age 35)
Blandon, PA
Charges: Criminal Use of Communication Facility and Possession (Charges relating to Heroin)

Robert Derr (age 48)
Reading, PA
Charges: Criminal Use of Communication Facility and Possession (Charges relating to Heroin)

Variola Etienne (age 33)
Reading, PA
Charges: Criminal Use of Communication Facility and Possession (Charges relating to Heroin)

Jesse Faunt (age 35)
Reading, PA
Charges: Criminal Use of Communication Facility and Possession (Charges relating to Heroin)

Christoper Fetter (age 36)
Reading, PA
Charges: Criminal Use of Communication Facility and Possession (Charges relating to Heroin)

Robert Karo (age 51)
Birdsboro, PA
Charges: Criminal Use of Communication Facility and Possession (Charges relating to Cocaine)

Kory Kocher (age 36)
Fleetwood, PA
Charges: Criminal Use of Communication Facility and Possession (Charges relating to Heroin)

Jason Lakatos (age 39)
Temple, PA
Charges: Criminal Use of Communication Facility and Possession (Charges relating to Heroin)

Shane Mickelson (age 44)
Leesport, PA
Charges: Criminal Use of Communication Facility, Possession, and Hindering (Charges relating to Heroin)

Robert Morganti Jr. (age 34)
Reading, PA
Charges: Criminal Use of Communication Facility and Possession (Charges relating to Heroin)

Dustin Nerger (age 26)
Bethel, PA
Charges: Criminal Use of Communication Facility and Possession (Charges relating to Heroin)

Robert Robinson (age 56)
Reading, PA
Charges: Criminal Use of Communication Facility and Possession (Charges relating to Heroin)

Thomas Swierczewski (age 47)
Reading, PA
Charges: Criminal Use of Communication Facility and Possession (Charges relating to Heroin)

Kaitlyn Wicklein (age 31)
Birdsboro, PA
Charges: Criminal Use of Communication Facility and Possession (Charges relating to Heroin)

Matthew Wojciechowski (age 22)
Reading, PA
Charges: Criminal Use of Communication Facility and Possession (Charges relating to Heroin)

All names listed below are individuals who remain wanted at this time. Please contact Crime Alert Berks County at 1-877-373-9913 if you have any information regarding the whereabouts of those individuals. (Your name will not be used. It is a safe call.)

Anthony Arias (age 26)
Reading, PA
Charges: Criminal Use of Communication Facility and Possession (Charges relating to Heroin)

Jacob Padilla (age 42)
Reading, PA
Charges: Criminal Use of Communication Facility and Possession (Charges relating to Heroin)

Raymond Matos-Mercado (age 32)
Reading, PA
Charges: Criminal Use of Communication Facility and Possession (Charges relating to Heroin)

Rollie Gordon II (age 38)
Wernersville, PA
Charges: Criminal Use of Communication Facility and Possession (Charges relating to Heroin)

Tiffany Haddock (age 32)
Shamokin, PA
Charges: Criminal Use of Communication Facility and Possession (Charges relating to Heroin)

Amy Horning (age 36)
Leesport, PA
Charges: Criminal Use of Communication Facility and Possession (Charges relating to Heroin)

Jeffrey Karas (age 38)
Reading, PA
Charges: Criminal Use of Communication Facility and Possession (Charges relating to Cocaine)

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