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Police charge four in Mayfair heroin bust

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Phil­adelphia po­lice last week seized more than 5 kilo­grams of heroin val­ued at al­most $2 mil­lion from a row house in May­fair.

Au­thor­it­ies claim that the con­fis­cated drugs have a “street value” of $1.88 mil­lion. They ar­res­ted four men, in­clud­ing the sus­pec­ted ringlead­er, Fe­lix Fernan­dez, 37, of the 2900 block of McKin­ley St.

Mem­bers of the Nar­cot­ics Field Unit North, led by Of­ficer Bri­an My­ers, began sur­veil­lance of Fernan­dez last month and de­term­ined that he was us­ing the McKin­ley Street house to stash drugs while us­ing an­oth­er house on the 1300 block of El­bridge St. as a res­id­ence.

On Oct. 9, po­lice saw an al­leged drug deal between Fernan­dez and an­oth­er man at Han­cock and Cam­bria streets in North Phil­adelphia’s Fairhill sec­tion. Shortly after the trans­ac­tion, po­lice stopped the oth­er man and al­legedly found 10 grams of heroin on him. The man was iden­ti­fied as Henry Diaz, 48, of the 600 block of E. Dia­mond St.

Po­lice then ar­res­ted Fernan­dez at Front and Somer­set streets. Dur­ing sub­sequent searches of his two houses and a 2008 In­fin­ity vehicle, au­thor­it­ies al­legedly seized 5,701 grams of heroin, 420 grams of co­caine, a .22-caliber Smith and Wesson re­volver loaded with five rounds and $15,428 cash.

Po­lice ar­res­ted two ad­di­tion­al men dur­ing the raids. Ra­mon Pedraza, 26, al­legedly lived at the El­bridge Street house, while Frank Hidalgo, 36, of the 1300 block of S. Howard St., in Al­lentown, showed up there with a large amount of cash.

All four de­fend­ants are of Domin­ic­an her­it­age. Their cit­izen­ship status re­mains un­der in­vest­ig­a­tion by U.S. Im­mig­ra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment.

Fernan­dez, Pedraza and Hidalgo were charged with drug pos­ses­sion, pos­ses­sion with in­tent to dis­trib­ute, con­spir­acy and pos­sess­ing an in­stru­ment of crime. Diaz was charged with drug pos­ses­sion and pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liv­er.

Hidalgo is be­ing held on $10 mil­lion bail, Fernan­dez on $5 mil­lion bail, Pedraza on $5 mil­lion bail and Diaz on $50,000 bail. All are sched­uled for pre­lim­in­ary hear­ings on Oct. 30. ••

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