DRUG INVESTIGATION INTO HEROIN TRAFFICKING
Jose Antonio Perez-Guevarez Pablo Santiago-Santiago Melinda Marrero
In early October of 2013, narcotics detectives with the District Attorney's Drug Task Force initiated a drug investigation into the area of the 400 block of Orange Street, Reading, Berks County, based on citizens complaints concerning drug trafficking in their neighborhood.
During the investigation, detectives learned that Jose Antonio Perez-Guevarez, 32 years old, of 418 Orange Street, Reading, PA, along with a Pablo Santiago-Santiago, 54 years old, and Melinda Marrero, 39 years old, were responsible for dealing packets and bundles of heroin (10 packets) to customers within and close to the area of the 400 block of Orange Street. Perez-Guevarez utilized a cellular telephone to take orders from his customers. After the orders were placed, Perez-Guevarez and/or Santiago-Santiago would make deliveries to the customers in the surrounding area of the 400 block of Orange Street. The Berks County Detectives did make several purchases of heroin from the suspects. During those transactions, the suspects would enter and exit 418 Orange Street.
On October 11, 2013, at approximately 6:30 a.m., narcotics detectives along with the Reading Police Vice Unit served a search warrant at 418 Orange Street, Reading, Berks County, PA, and for the bodies of Jose Antonio Perez-Guevarez, Pablo Santiago-Santiago and Melinda Marrero. The search warrant was for the schedule I controlled substance heroin and related paraphernalia. This warrant was issued by Magisterial District Judge Michael J. Leonardziak.
As a result of the search, the following items were seized:
- 231 packets of heroin (street value of $2,310.00)
- packaging material used for heroin distribution
- 3 workable cellular telephones
- over $1,265.00 U.S. currency believed to be proceeds from previous heroin sales.
At the time the detectives raided the residence, all three suspects were present and were placed under arrest.
Subsequently, the suspects were transported to the Berks County Sheriff's Department Central Processing Center for processing and video arraignment. If convicted, suspects face a minimum sentence of 2 years relative to trafficking illegal drugs within a school zone. The investigation is continuing and further charges will be filed on suspects, Perez-Guevarez and Santiago-Santiago.