Police confiscate heroin raid of Castor Gardens home


Phil­adelphia po­lice ar­res­ted four people and seized about 114 grams of heroin dur­ing a raid Aug. 17 on an al­leged heroin dis­tri­bu­tion ring op­er­at­ing in a Castor Gar­dens house.

The deal­ers have ties to Domin­ic­an drug sup­pli­ers, ac­cord­ing to Sgt. Robert Fri­el of Nar­cot­ics Field Unit North, which has con­duc­ted

sev­er­al sim­il­ar raids of home-based heroin op­er­a­tions in the North­east in re­cent months.

Of­ficer Charles My­ers led the in­vest­ig­a­tion, which began sev­er­al days be­fore the raid when po­lice learned that the sus­pec­ted deal­ers were sup­ply­ing heroin for open-air sales at sev­er­al drug corners in Kens­ing­ton, in­clud­ing Kip and Ontario streets, A and West­mo­re­land streets, along with C and Clear­field streets.

Through sur­veil­lance, po­lice de­term­ined that the deal­ers were us­ing a house at 7145 Rut­land St. as a pack­aging loc­a­tion. On Aug. 17, po­lice stopped Juan Car­los Mo­lina Sanc­hez and Es­tauro Mar­cony Brito as they left the house and ap­proached a Nis­san Sen­tra.

Of­ficers de­tained the sus­pects as a dog from the po­lice K-9 Unit de­tec­ted drugs in the vehicle. Po­lice ob­tained search war­rants for the car, two oth­er vehicles used by the sus­pects and the house.

In­side the res­id­ence, in­vest­ig­at­ors al­legedly dis­covered 991 pack­ets of heroin stamped with vari­ous “brands” in­clud­ing “Nike,” “Flat Line,” “Nex­tel” and “Die Hard.” Of­ficers con­fis­cated the pack­ets, along with bulk heroin, a sub­stance used to lower the drug’s po­tency, grind­ing devices, pack­aging, ad­di­tion­al drug paraphernalia and $671 in cash.

In all, 113.73 grams of heroin were re­covered.

Po­lice ar­res­ted Sanc­hez, 32, and Brito, 34; along with Lu­is Miguel Sanc­hez Ji­me­nez, 24, and Ra­mon Ma­tos, 32, at the scene. Ma­tos lived on the 300 block of E. West­mo­re­land St. The oth­ers all lived at the Rut­land Street ad­dress, po­lice said.

They were charged with drug pos­ses­sion, drug dis­tri­bu­tion, pos­sess­ing drug paraphernalia and con­spir­acy. Po­lice and fed­er­al im­mig­ra­tion au­thor­it­ies are in­vest­ig­at­ing the cit­izen­ship and res­id­ency statuses of all four men. ••End­Frag­ment 

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