Heroin bust in Burholme

Phil­adelphia nar­cot­ics of­ficers ar­res­ted five people and al­legedly seized more than $175,000 worth of heroin in a raid on a Burholme house on Nov. 6.

Drug traf­fick­ers used the res­id­ence at 407 St. Vin­cent St. to re­pack­age bulk quant­it­ies of heroin in­to smal­ler amounts for re­sale on the streets of Kens­ing­ton and South Phil­adelphia, po­lice said. The op­er­a­tion al­legedly was part of a drug dis­tri­bu­tion net­work with ties to the Domin­ic­an Re­pub­lic.

Of­ficers Charles My­ers and Bri­an My­ers, along with oth­er mem­bers of the Nar­cot­ics Field Unit North, re­ceived in­form­a­tion about the al­leged pack­aging house and launched an in­vest­ig­a­tion. On Nov. 6, they stopped Ana Baez, 39, after she ex­ited the house. The of­ficers al­legedly found 100 grams of bulk heroin in her pos­ses­sion.

Po­lice ob­tained a search war­rant for the prop­erty, raided it at about 8 p.m. and ar­res­ted four men who al­legedly were pack­aging heroin in the base­ment. The of­ficers con­fis­cated 6,265 pack­ets (about 288 grams) of heroin with vari­ous la­bels stamped on them, along with 243 grams of bulk heroin, grinders, scales, pack­aging ma­ter­i­als and $4,396 in cash.

The sus­pects in­cluded Apo­lin­ar Regaldo, 44, of the 4500 block of N. Reese St.; Emanuel Rondo, 23, of the 3300 block of E St.; Oliv­er Al­monte, 20, of the 3200 block of N. Reese St.; and Jose Rivera, 29, of the 100 block of W. Dauph­in St.

Baez resided at the St. Vin­cent Street house, po­lice said.

Fed­er­al au­thor­it­ies are in­vest­ig­at­ing the leg­al res­id­ency status of all five sus­pects. All have been charged with drug pos­ses­sion, pos­sess­ing drugs with in­tent to de­liv­er, pos­sess­ing drug paraphernalia and con­spir­acy. ••

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