The Berks County Narcotics Unit is the drug enforcement arm of the District Attorney’s Office. This team’s mission is to investigate drugs and narcotics trafficking operations, violations of firearms laws, prostitution and human trafficking activities and illegal gambling investigations existing within the City of Reading and the County of Berks. The Berks County Narcotics Unit assists the City of Reading Police Department Vice and Narcotics Section, the Pennsylvania State Police Vice Unit and all local county police departments with drug and violent crime investigations.
The team is supervised by Lieutenant Nelson Ortiz, who reports directly to Chief County Detective Michael Gombar. There are eleven (11) detectives and one civilian Intelligence Analyst which are divided into two groups with Sergeant Todd Harris and Sergeant Pasquale Leporace each responsible for five (5) individuals. One of the detectives is assigned to the Auto Theft Task Force and works with the Pennsylvania State Police.
The Berks County Narcotics Unit has personnel assigned with the Drug Enforcement Administration Office (DEA), the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and Homeland Security, whose offices are located in Allentown and Reading, PA. There are also over 75 police officers involved in the Berks County Drug Task Force, which includes state troopers and agents, and city and county officers. The Berks County Detectives have many years of experience and training not only in drug and violent criminal investigations but in the use of electronic surveillance equipment, photography, video and physical surveillance techniques. All of the detectives are Class “A” certified and one (1) detective is Class “B” certified to utilize electronic surveillance, pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 57, of Title 18, with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Ten (10) detectives are qualified as experts in the field of drug identification and investigations with the Berks County Court System and three (3) detectives are qualified as experts with the Federal Court System.
To contact the Berks County Detectives Call: 610-478-7171