Northeast Times

Bell’s Corner raid nets 360 grams of heroin

Phil­adelphia po­lice and FBI agents ar­res­ted four men dur­ing the raid of an al­leged heroin pack­aging op­er­a­tion in­side a Bell’s Corner apart­ment on Sept. 12.

The raid oc­curred in­side an apart­ment build­ing at 1822 Benton St. and res­ul­ted in the con­fis­ca­tion of 360 grams of heroin with a “street value” of al­most $119,000, po­lice said. The stash in­cluded about 132 grams in bulk heroin and about 7,600 small pack­ets of the drug. Au­thor­it­ies also searched a 2006 Ca­dillac and seized $3,729 in sus­pec­ted drug pro­ceeds.

The in­vest­ig­at­ors, led by Of­ficer Charles My­ers of the Nar­cot­ics Field Unit, al­legedly caught the four de­fend­ants as they were in the pro­cess of pack­aging the bulk heroin in­to small pack­ets for street-level sale. Po­lice said that the traf­fick­ers sup­plied large amounts of heroin to Wilm­ing­ton, Del., as well as Phil­adelphia’s East Po­lice Di­vi­sion.

The in­vest­ig­at­ors ar­res­ted Jose Lopez Rodrig­uez, 23, of the 4800 block of N. Fifth St., along with Jose Es­quiel Al­man­zar Mor­ales, 22; Alfer Mar­tinez, 36; and Broneldo Jose Gomez-Lopez, 32, all of the 1800 block of Benton St.

Court re­cords list Gomez-Lopez as 28. They also show all four de­fend­ants as res­id­ents of the 19124 ZIP Code, which cov­ers Ju­ni­ata, Frank­ford and parts of Felton­ville and Ox­ford Circle.

All de­fend­ants were charged with drug dis­tri­bu­tion, drug pos­ses­sion and con­spir­acy. They re­main in jail, each in lieu of $500,000 bail, and are sched­uled for an Oct. 1 pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing. ••

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