Police crack down on heroin dealers


Nar­cot­ics of­ficers in the North­east are de­vel­op­ing a heroin habit.

For the third time in sev­en weeks, mem­bers of the Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment’s Nar­cot­ics Field Unit North raided a loc­al home al­legedly used by heroin deal­ers to stash, pack­age and dis­trib­ute their il­li­cit com­mod­ity.

In the Ju­ly 18 raid, of­ficers ar­res­ted four men and seized about 709 grams of the drug val­ued at $233,867, along with $6,437 cash, from the house at 7201 Er­drick St., which is just south of Cottman Av­en­ue in Ta­cony.

Of­ficer Charles My­ers and mem­bers of the Nar­cot­ics Field Unit have spent sev­er­al months in­vest­ig­at­ing the Perez Domin­ic­an Drug Traf­fick­ing Or­gan­iz­a­tion, which has been sup­ply­ing heroin to street corners in the city’s East Di­vi­sion, in the Bartram Vil­lage sec­tion of South­w­est Philly and at 27th and Dickin­son streets in the Grays Ferry sec­tion of South Philly, ac­cord­ing to Sgt. Bob Fri­el.

Dur­ing the in­vest­ig­a­tion, po­lice began track­ing Ed­win Hidalgo-Perez, 24, who was wanted on an un­re­lated vehicu­lar hom­icide charge.

On Ju­ly 18, of­ficers were mon­it­or­ing the Er­drick Street res­id­ence and al­legedly saw Hidalgo-Perez exit the prop­erty with three oth­er men and enter a 2009 Acura sedan. Po­lice stopped the car, ar­res­ted Hidalgo-Perez and seized a “large” but un­spe­cified amount of cash from him, Fri­el said.

They de­tained the oth­er men and ob­tained a search war­rant for the house. In­side, of­ficers al­legedly found the heroin in bulk, as well as the afore­men­tioned cash, along with pack­aging ma­ter­i­als, “la­bel” stamps with the names “Kill Bill” and “Bitch,” grind­ing devices and oth­er drug paraphernalia.

Po­lice ar­res­ted Sthal­in Hidalgo-Perez, 25, of the 4900 block of Penn St.; Hec­tor Cruz Crespo Luiz, 24, of the 3000 block of Collins St.; and Johnath­an Melen­dez, 23, of the 5900 block of Er­drick St.

All four sus­pects were charged with drug pos­ses­sion, drug pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liv­er, pos­sess­ing drug paraphernalia and con­spir­acy.

On Ju­ly 5, Nar­cot­ics Field Unit North of­ficers ar­res­ted two men and seized $38,000 worth of heroin at a home on the 6400 block of Ever­ett St. On May 31, the same po­lice unit ar­res­ted five men and seized $435,000 worth of heroin at a home on the 1500 block of Stoney Lane in Bustleton. ••


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