Raid nets heroin, arrests


For the second time in a little more than a month, Phil­adelphia po­lice have bus­ted sus­pec­ted as­so­ci­ates of a Domin­ic­an-led heroin dis­tri­bu­tion net­work for us­ing a North­east res­id­ence as a drug-pack­aging site.

Mem­bers of the Nar­cot­ics Field Unit-North raided an apart­ment house on the 6400 block of Ever­ett St. in Castor Gar­dens last Thursday, ar­res­ted two people and con­fis­cated heroin worth al­most $38,000, said Sgt. Bob Fri­el.

Of­ficer Bri­an My­ers and his part­ners were con­duct­ing sur­veil­lance on the Ever­ett Street house that af­ter­noon when they al­legedly saw a res­id­ent, Gregorio Lazala, and an­oth­er man tak­ing part in “a nar­cot­ics trans­ac­tion,” Fri­el said.

The of­ficers de­tained and searched Lazala, 51, and Ra­mon Mena, 49. Lazala was car­ry­ing 28 small pack­ets of heroin labeled “High Octane,” as well as $631 cash, Fri­el said, while Mena was car­ry­ing 10 grams of heroin in a bag­gie, along with empty pack­ets and drug stamps with the “HIGH” la­bel.

After ob­tain­ing a search war­rant for the base­ment apart­ment, of­ficers al­legedly found 102 grams of bulk heroin in a bed­room desk, 94 small pack­ets of heroin stamped with vari­ous la­bels, drug pack­aging, a scale and vari­ous un­used stamps.

They also found a .40-caliber hand­gun with four rounds of am­muni­tion, drug grinders, trans­ac­tion re­cords and chem­ic­als used to mix and cut bulk quant­it­ies of heroin, Fri­el said.

Lazala and Mena were charged with drug pos­ses­sion, drug pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liv­er, con­spir­acy and pos­sess­ing drug paraphernalia.

Mena’s res­id­ence of re­cord on the 1500 block of Marcy Place in the Scotch­brook sec­tion of Bustleton is about 100 yards from a house where the same Nar­cot­ics Field Unit ar­res­ted five men and seized about $435,000 worth of heroin on May 31. That raid oc­curred on the 1500 block of Stoney Lane.

In­vest­ig­at­ors be­lieve that the drugs seized in both raids were destined for street-corner sale in the po­lice de­part­ment’s East Di­vi­sion, which in­cludes parts of North Phil­adelphia and Kens­ing­ton. ••


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