Police charge 2, seize heroin in house raids


Phil­adelphia po­lice ar­res­ted two men and al­legedly seized heroin worth al­most $100,000 in raids on two Lower May­fair houses last Thursday night.

Of­ficers from the Nar­cot­ics Field Unit North and FBI agents stormed res­id­ences on the 2100 block of McKin­ley St. and the 4100 Stirl­ing St. at about 9 p.m. In­side the McKin­ley Street prop­erty, they found two men sit­ting at a table bag­ging heroin, said Sgt. Robert Fri­el.

Juan Reyn­aldo, 37, and Elpi­dio Gar­cia, 38, both lived in the house and were ar­res­ted on charges of drug pos­ses­sion, drug dis­tri­bu­tion, pos­sess­ing drug paraphernalia and con­spir­acy.

In­vest­ig­at­ors al­legedly found 3,291 pack­ets of heroin stamped with a “Land Rover” la­bel, as well as un­cut “bulk” heroin with a com­bined street value of $98,862. They also found drug pack­aging, nu­mer­ous oth­er drug stamps, grinders and a sub­stance used to cut the drugs in­to a lar­ger quant­ity while di­lut­ing the po­tency.

Mean­while, at Stirl­ing Street, in­vest­ig­at­ors found more stamps and more of the cut­ting sub­stance. Of­ficers and agents fur­ther searched two vehicles, in­clud­ing a 2007 BMW sedan that they also seized.

Ac­cord­ing to Fri­el, Of­ficer Bri­an My­ers led the probe, which began in Decem­ber and in­volved the un­der­cov­er pur­chase by au­thor­it­ies of 945 heroin pack­ets. ••End­Frag­ment 

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