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Large-Scale Heroin Trafficking

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           Luis Francisco Acosta-Reyes                                         Roberto Rodriguez-Jimenez

 

Drug Investigation Into Large-Scale Heroin Trafficking

 
 
 

Persons Involved: 

  • Luis Francisco Acosta-Reyes, age 40; 445 Mulberry Street, Reading
  • Roberto Rodriguez-Jimenez, age 40; 445 Mulberry Street, Reading 
 

Charges: 

  • Possession of Heroin
  • Possession With the Intent to Deliver Heroin
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Criminal Conspiracy 
 

In early August of 2016, the Berks County Drug Task Force initiated a drug investigation into a heroin trafficking organization within Berks County, PA. The investigation was based on numerous citizens' complaints (concerning suspicious activity), undercover and controlled purchases of heroin, and information from confidential sources. 

During the course of the investigation, detectives learned that the organization was distributing large amounts of heroin to many mid-level dealers. The mid-level dealers in turn were supplying many street level drug dealers who were dealing heroin in the Northeast part of Reading. The Berks County Drug Task Force believed the organization was being led by two suspects who had multiple addresses within the City of Reading. The two individuals were identified as Dominican Nationals: Luis Francisco Acosta-Reyes and Roberto Rodriguez-Jimenez. 

Their investigation further revealed that multiple addresses were involved in the processing of heroin laced with Fentanyl. Sales of bulk and street level quantities of heroin were being made. Two of the several addresses uncovered were 445 Mulberry Street and 905 Greenwich Street, Reading. Surveillance teams were able to place suspects, Acosta-Reyes and Rodriguez-Jimenez at 445 Mulberry Street. This was believed to be their residence and one of the processing centers for distributing heroin. The detectives were able to determine that the suspects, Acosta-Reyes and Rodriguez-Jimenez, were also renting an apartment at 905 Greenwich Street, Reading. 

On Friday, November 18, 2016, the Berks County Drug Task Force obtained search warrants for 445 Mulberry Street, Reading, and 905 Greenwich Street, Reading, based on information received, investigation conducted, undercover & controlled purchases of heroin, and surveillance observations made. 

As a result of the searches being conducted between the hours of 11:45 a.m. to 11:17 p.m., the following items were found and seized: 

 

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  • numerous packages containing a bulk quantity of heroin with an approximate weight of three thousand four hundred twelve (3,412) grams with a potential street value of $1,023,600.00
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  • numerous packages containing a bulk quantity of approximately two hundred fifty (250) grams of Fentanyl with a potential street value of $38,000.00
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  • one fully loaded Smith & Wesson 9 mm semi-automatic handgun
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  • approximately $40,000.00 in U.S. Currency
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  • two (2) clear plastic sandwich bags containing seven hundred sixty (760) packets of heroin with a potential street value of $7,600.00
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  • several electric grinders with heroin and Fentanyl residue inside
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  • several thousand empty unused blue glassine packets commonly utilized to package heroin
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  • one thousand three hundred ten (1,310) blue and white glassine packets with a potential street value of $13,100.00
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  • four (4) cellular communication facilities
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  • a vacuum heat sealer
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  • numerous empty bags that previously held kilogram quantities of heroin
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  • approximately five hundred twenty (520) grams of a cutting agent for the processing of heroin
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  • one hundred thirty four (134) bars of mannitol which is a cutting agent commonly utilized in the processing of heroin
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  • numerous boxes containing approximately one hundred two thousand six hundred (102,600) empty unused blue and white glassine packets commonly utilized to package heroin 
 

The items seized were clearly an indication of a large-scale heroin distribution organization. 

 

Subsequently, the suspects, Luis Francisco Acosta-Reyes and Roberto Rodriguez-Jimenez were transported to the Berks County Sheriff's Department Central Processing Center for processing and arraignment. 

On Saturday, November 19, 2016, the suspects were arraigned by District Judge Ann Young, and bail was set at one million dollars on each suspect. 

It is important to note that Homeland Security was contacted and federal detainers were approved and set on suspects Luis Francisco Acosta-Reyes and Roberto Rodriguez-Jimenez. 

The investigation is continuing . . .

 

FOLLOW UP ... 01/27/2017

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On Friday, November 16, 2016, the Berks County Drug Task Force arrested Luis Francisco Acosta-Reyes and Roberto Rodriguez-Jimenez and served numerous search warrants which resulted in significant seizures of heroin and fentanyl.

As a result of follow up investigation, detectives were able to connect others to this organization and acquired additional search warrants and arrest warrants. The investigation revealed that numerous individuals were being supplied heroin by Luis Francisco Acosta-Reyes and Roberto Rodriguez-Jimenez. One of those individuals was identified as Ilfrin Rafael Moncion-Perez. At the time when detectives interacted with Ilfrin Rafael Moncion-Perez, he was in possession of a loaded .40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun, which was reported stolen, and 118 packets of heroin.

Detectives learned that Ilfrin Rafael Moncion-Perez acquired bulk quantities of heroin from Luis Francisco Acosta-Reyes and Roberto Rodriguez-Jimenez and redistributed it to street level dealers so that they could eventually sell it to customers. Some of the street level dealers were identified as the following:

  • Alejandro Reyes-Santiago
  • Jose Luis Colon
  • Juan Ramon Delvalle
  • Ahmed Hance-Cirino
  • Roberto Valencia-Gonzalez
  • Jonathan Romero-Corchado

During the course of this investigation, Berks County Detectives had an ongoing investigation into the street level distribution network of this organization. From August 8, 2016, until November 16, 2016, undercover Detectives were able to make purchases of heroin in Reading, PA, from Alejandro Reyes-Santiago, Jose Luis Colon, Juan Ramon Delvalle, Ahmed Hance-Cirino, Roberto Valencia-Gonzalez, and Jonathan Romero-Corchado. Those purchase's ranged from $50.00 - $100.00 each.

On Thursday, December 22, 2016, Berks County Detectives acquired arrest warrants for Ilfrin Rafael Moncion-Perez, Alejandro Reyes-Santiago, Jose Luis Colon, Juan Ramon Delvalle, Ahmed Hance-Cirino, Roberto Valencia-Gonzalez, and Jonathan Romero-Corchado and acquired a search warrant for a residence in the 1400 block of North 10th Street, Reading, PA.  As a result of the search warrant, officers seized a Kel-Tec .40 caliber handgun and approximately $13,000 in suspected illegal drug proceeds.

As of December 27, 2016, the following individuals were apprehended:

  • Luis Francisco Acosta-Reyes
  • Roberto Rodriguez-Jimenez
  • Ilfrin Rafael Moncion-Perez
  • Jonathan Romero-Corchado
  • Roberto Valencia-Gonzalez

As of December 27, 2016, the following individuals remain fugitives:

  • Alejandro Reyes-Santiago
  • Jose Luis Colon
  • Juan Ramon Delvalle
  • Ahmed Hance-Cirino

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the four remaining suspects, please contact the Berks County Detectives Office at 610-478-7171.

 

The investigation is continuing ...