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Operation Gateway

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Charges: Violation of the PA Controlled Substance Drug, Device & Cosmetic Act - Possession; Possession with Intent to Deliver; & Delivery of Heroin, Cocaine, K-2, and Suboxone

On February 2, 2017, detectives with the Berks County District Attorney's Drug Task Force and the Reading Police Vice Unit conducted an early morning round-up of twenty-four (24) defendants from the City of Reading. These defendants were wanted for various violations of the PA Controlled Substances Act, specifically delivery of heroin, cocaine, K-2 (synthetic marijuana) and suboxone (prescription drug).

This operation was a five month investigation, which started in September of 2016. It was initiated after detectives received information from confidential sources and concerned citizens regarding possible drug activity occurring in the area of the downtown district.

During the investigation, detectives learned that drug dealers were operating an open air market of controlled substances in the downtown area from the 200 block of Penn Street to the 1100 block of Penn Street and surrounding areas. The majority of the drug dealing occurred in the 400 block of Penn Street. As a result, undercover detectives purchased amounts of controlled substances with values ranging from $10 to $60 dollars from the drug dealers. Subsequently, detectives made twenty-nine undercover buys from twenty-four different street level dealers.

Detectives obtained arrest warrants for the twenty-four defendants listed below. The names in red were arrested and taken into custody on February 2, 2017. The remaining individuals remain at large.

  1.  Neftali Gonzalez-Reyes, age 60
    1. 124 South 5th Street, Reading, PA; Possession / PWI / Delivery of Suboxone
  2. Luis Ruiz-Gonzalez, Age 39
    1. 645 North 6th Street, Reading, PA; Possession / PWI / Delivery of Heroin
  3. Edwin Vargas-Ruiz, age 54
    1. 516 Franklin Street, Reading, PA; Possession / PWI / Delivery of Heroin
  4. Jose Vargas, age 57
    1. 524 North Front Street, Reading, PA; Possession / PWI / Delivery of Heroin
  5. Jeffrey Rivera-Feliciano, age 23
    1. 417 West Windsor Street, Reading, PA; Possession / PWI / Delivery of Heroin
  6. Juan Junior Berganzo, age 41
    1. 226 Rose Street, Reading, PA; Possession / PWI / Delivery of Heroin
  7. Antonio Colon-Maisonet, age 58
    1. 529 Marion Street, 1st floor, Reading, PA; Possession / PWI / Delivery of Heroin
  8. Gerardo Rosado-Santos, age 54
    1. 812 Pear Street, Reading, PA; Possession / PWI / Delivery of Heroin
  9. Gary McNeal, age 51
    1. 331 Hoskins Street, Reading, PA; Possession / PWI / Delivery of Heroin
  10. Christopher Oliver, age 47
    1. 341 South 4th Street, Reading, PA; Possession / PWI / Delivery of Heroin
  11. Candice Agudio, age 30
    1. 19 South 3rd Street, Reading, PA; Possession / PWI / Delivery of K-2
  12. Jennifer Almonte, age 25
    1. 1618 North 11th Street, Reading, PA; Possession / PWI / Delivery of Heroin
  13. Wellington Mayo, Jr., age 21
    1. 26 South 11th Street, Reading, PA; Possession / PWI / Delivery of Crack Cocaine
  14. Edvin Villegas, age 31
    1. Berks County Community Reentry Center; Possession / PWI / Delivery of Crack Cocaine
  15. Hector Manuel Rivera, age 46
    1. 22 South 9th Street; 1105 Scott Street, Reading, PA; Possession / PWI / Delivery of Heroin
  16. Landrum Thompson, age 39
    1. Berks County Jail; Possession / PWI / Delivery of Cocaine
  17. Raul Ortiz-Figueroa, age 40
    1. 207 Mulberry Street, 3rd floor, Reading, PA; Possession / PWI / Delivery of Heroin
  18. Luis Torres-Aguila, age 50
    1. 536 Franklin Street, Apt. 3, Reading, PA; Possession / PWI / Delivery of Heroin
  19. Jose Luis Etanislao-German, age 27
    1. 536 Franklin Street, 3rd floor, Reading, PA; Possession / PWI / Delivery of Heroin
  20. Angel Manuel Torres-Andradez, age 46
    1. 405 Walnut Street, Reading, PA; Possession / PWI / Delivery of Heroin
  21. Jose Bastell-Benitez, age 37
    1. 107 South 5th Street, Reading, PA; Possession / PWI / Delivery of Heroin
  22. Jesus Daniel Perez, Jr., age 24
    1. 822 1/2 Franklin Street, Reading, PA; Possession / PWI / Delivery of Crack Cocaine
  23. Melix Rodriguez, age 21
    1. 702 North 8th Street, Apt. 608, Reading, PA; Possession / PWI / Delivery of Heroin
  24. Emiliano Alvarez-Roman, age 56
    1. 404 Penn Street, 3rd floor, Reading, PA; Possession / PWI / Delivery of Suboxone