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CHARGES
Criminal Attempt Homicide
            Criminal Attempt Aggravated Assault
Person not to Possess Firearms
            Delivery of Fentanyl, Methamphetamine & Prescription Opioids
Possession with the Intent to Deliver Fentanyl, Methamphetamine & Prescription Opioids
Possession of Fentanyl, Methamphetamine & Prescription Opioids
Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities
Corrupt Organization
Criminal Use of Communication Facility
Criminal Conspiracy
 
 
      DETAILS OF INCIDENT:
 
In October of 2018, the Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau of Criminal Investigation, initiated an investigation into the illegal drug trafficking activities of Raul Santos and Teresa Gaspar, who resided in Reading, Pennsylvania.
 
During the investigation, Troopers determined that Raul Santos and Teresa Gaspar were associated with a significant source of supply and other mid-level to street-level drug dealers.   
 
Based on knowledge that the organization was operating in Berks County, Troopers teamed up with narcotics detectives from the Berks County District Attorney’s Office and the City of Reading Police Department to further investigate the scope of the illegal drug trade. 
 
Subsequently, on February 13, 2019, Berks County District Attorney John Adams made an application for electronic surveillance on subjects of this investigation.  This application was authorized by a Pennsylvania Senior Superior Court Judge.
 
The investigation revealed that Jordan Jorge and his associates were the principle source of supply of fentanyl and methamphetamine for Raul Santos and Teresa Gaspar. In addition, Jordan Jorge was identified as a member of the criminal street gang known as the Latin Kings. Jorge held status within the gang, which allowed him to operate through other members of the gang, and orchestrate them to commit acts upon his order. Jorge’s gang ties were not only in Reading, PA but also in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
 
During the investigation, Officers identified Erick Nunez as an associate of Jordan Jorge. Nunez  was trafficking prescription opioid pills; specifically Oxycodone and Percocet’s; both Schedule II controlled substances.    
 
As the investigation progressed, law enforcement was pressed into action on Monday March 18, 2019 after learning that an act of violence was imminent. Officers learned that Jordan Jorge placed a plan into effect on the behalf of Odaly Portes to assault (shoot) an individual whom Portes and Jorge had conflict with. Jorge utilized Xaviel Quinones and Luis Adorno, who were gang members from New Bedford, Massachusetts, since they were anonymous, from out of town, and not known to local law enforcement.  Jorge employed Jessica Enes to assist in transportation of the shooters (Quinones and Adorno) and act as counter-surveillance for law enforcement. Jorge provided the shooters (Quinones and Adorno) with a Taurus Judge handgun and directed them to the intended victim.
 
Troopers and Officers reacted quickly and Reading Police Officers stopped the vehicle in which Quinones and Adorno were operating. Additionally, Officers stopped the vehicle that Enes was operating. A search of vehicle where Quinones and Adorno were the occupants revealed a Taurus Judge handgun; fully loaded.  A short time later, Jorge was apprehended as he was leaving his residence.
 
Consequently, Troopers and Officers served search warrants at Jorge’s residence; an apartment in the 1200 block Hill Road Reading, PA and Jorge’s grandmother’s house, 1530 N. 10th Street Reading, PA, where he and his associates maintained a “stash” location.  The search on 10th Street revealed approximately one (1) pound of bulk methamphetamine, which has a potential street value in excess $15,000.00, and ammunition pertaining to the Taurus Judge handgun. While securing 1530 N. 10th Street, Officers detained Irving Montenegro who was the occupant and associate of Jordan Jorge.
 
On March 25, 2019, Berks County Magisterial District Judge Bagenstose authorized arrest warrants for the below listed individuals. The issued arrest warrants encompass criminal attempt homicide for those who planned and participated in the intended violent act and felony drug charges as a result of being part of a corrupt organization that conspired with others in such crimes. Others were also charged with crimes as a result of selling fentanyl and methamphetamine to an undercover Pennsylvania State Trooper.
 
Additionally, MDJ Bagenstose authorized search warrants for two (2) additional residences throughout Berks County, which were utilized by members from this drug organization to facilitate their illegal activities.
 
In the early morning hours of March 26, 2019, a team of law enforcement officers from the Pennsylvania State Police, the Berks County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force and the Reading Police Department served the aforementioned arrest warrants and search warrants.   
 
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Thus far, Law Enforcement served search warrants at the following locations:
 
1.      1260 Hill Road, apartment R-10, Reading, PA
2.      1530 N. 10th Street Reading, PA
3.      1452 N. 11th Street Reading, PA
4.      112 Telford Avenue West Lawn, PA
5.      421 Locust Street, Reading, PA (consent search waiver)
6.      2054 Lorraine Road, Reading, PA
 
Thus far, Law Enforcement seized the following evidence:
 
-          Approximately three (3) pounds of Methamphetamine
-          Approximately one hundred (100) grams of Fentanyl
-          Nine (9) handguns and ammunition
 
Thus far, arrest warrants, encompassing felony drug charges and charges stemming from the intended violent act, have been issued for the following suspects.  The names in red indicate those individuals who have been arrested.
 
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1.      Jordan Jorge, 27 years of age, 1260 Hill Road, Apartment R-10, Reading, PA
Criminal Attempt Homicide; Criminal Attempt Aggravated Assault, Person not to Possess Firearms; Delivery of Fentanyl and Methamphetamine; Possession with the Intent to Deliver Fentanyl and Methamphetamine; Possession of Fentanyl and Methamphetamine; Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities; Corrupt Organization; Criminal Use of Communication Facility; Criminal Conspiracy
 
2.      Luis Adorno, 27 years of age, 18 Studley Street, New Bedford, MA
Criminal Attempt Homicide; Criminal Attempt Aggravated Assault, Person not to Possess Firearms; Corrupt Organization; Criminal Use of Communication Facility; Criminal Conspiracy
 
3.      Odaly Portes, 30 years of age, 122 Pennwyn Place, Shillington PA
Criminal Attempt Homicide; Criminal Attempt Aggravated Assault, Person not to Possess Firearms; Corrupt Organization; Criminal Use of Communication Facility; Criminal Conspiracy
 
4.      Xavier Quinones, 27 years of age, 54 North Street, New Bedford, MA
Criminal Attempt Homicide; Criminal Attempt Aggravated Assault, Person not to Possess Firearms; Corrupt Organization; Criminal Use of Communication Facility; Criminal Conspiracy
 
5.      Jessica Enes , 32 years of age, 118 Fruit Street, New Bedford, MA
Criminal Attempt Homicide; Criminal Attempt Aggravated Assault, Person not to Possess Firearms; Delivery of Methamphetamine; Possession with the Intent to Deliver Fentanyl, Methamphetamine; Possession of Methamphetamine; Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities; Corrupt Organization; Criminal Use of Communication Facility; Criminal Conspiracy
 
6.      Esteban Melendez Jr, 21 years of age, 24 Bentley Street, New Bedford, MA 
Criminal Attempt Homicide; Criminal Attempt Aggravated Assault, Person not to Possess Firearms; Corrupt Organization; Criminal Use of Communication Facility; Criminal Conspiracy
 
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7.      Jose Vega-Garcia, 32 years of age, 421 Locust Street, Reading, PA
Delivery of Methamphetamine; Possession with the Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine; Possession of Methamphetamine; Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities; Corrupt Organization; Criminal Use of Communication Facility; Criminal Conspiracy
 
8.      Teresa Gaspar, 32 years of age, 828 Locust Street, Reading, PA
Delivery of Fentanyl and Methamphetamine; Possession with the Intent to Deliver Fentanyl and Methamphetamine; Possession of Fentanyl and Methamphetamine; Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities; Corrupt Organization; Criminal Use of Communication Facility; Criminal Conspiracy
 
9.      Irving Montenegro, 34 years of age, 1530 N. 10th Street, Reading, PA
Delivery of Methamphetamine; Possession with the Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine; Possession of Methamphetamine; Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities; Corrupt Organization; Criminal Use of Communication Facility; Criminal Conspiracy
 
10.  Jonathan Vargas, 27 years of age, 828 Locust Street, Reading, PA
Delivery of Methamphetamine; Possession with the Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine; Possession of Methamphetamine; Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities; Corrupt Organization; Criminal Use of Communication Facility; Criminal Conspiracy
 
11.  Raul Santos, 30 years of age, 408 Walnut Street, Reading, PA
Delivery of Fentanyl and Methamphetamine; Possession with the Intent to Deliver Fentanyl and Methamphetamine; Possession of Fentanyl and Methamphetamine; Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities; Corrupt Organization; Criminal Use of Communication Facility; Criminal Conspiracy
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12.  Jose Tinoco-Vargas, 38 years of age, 1250 Hill Road, Reading, PA
Delivery of Methamphetamine; Possession with the Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine; Possession of Methamphetamine; Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities; Corrupt Organization; Criminal Use of Communication Facility; Criminal Conspiracy
 
 
 13.      Mark Kowalski, 33 years of age, 916 N. 25th Street, Exeter, PA
Delivery of Methamphetamine; Possession with the Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine; Possession of Methamphetamine; Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities; Corrupt Organization; Criminal Use of Communication Facility; Criminal Conspiracy
 
14.      Daniel Moyer,  35 years of age, 15 Emily Court, Exeter PA
Delivery of Methamphetamine; Possession with the Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine; Possession of Methamphetamine; Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities; Corrupt Organization; Criminal Use of Communication Facility; Criminal Conspiracy
 
15.      Alicia Snyder,  20 years of age, 1821 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading, PA     
Delivery of Methamphetamine; Possession with the Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine; Possession of Methamphetamine; Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities; Corrupt Organization; Criminal Use of Communication Facility; Criminal Conspiracy
 
16.      Drew Malachowski, 33 years of age, 2810 Oregon Street, Easton, PA
Delivery of Methamphetamine; Possession with the Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine; Possession of Methamphetamine; Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities; Corrupt Organization; Criminal Use of Communication Facility; Criminal Conspiracy
 
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17.      Erick Nunez, 25 years of age, 1452 N. 11th Street, Reading, PA
Delivery of Prescription Opioids; Possession with the Intent to Deliver Prescription Opioids; Possession of Prescription Opioids; Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities; Corrupt Organization; Criminal Use of Communication Facility; Criminal Conspiracy
 
18.      Oscar Cedeno-Santana, 25 years of age, 327 Clifton Avenue, Reading, PA
Delivery of Prescription Opioids; Possession with the Intent to Deliver Prescription Opioids; Possession of Prescription Opioids; Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities; Corrupt Organization; Criminal Use of Communication Facility; Criminal Conspiracy
 
19.      Tomas Caminero, 24 years of age, 2054 Lorraine Road, Reading, PA
Delivery of Prescription Opioids; Possession with the Intent to Deliver Prescription Opioids; Possession of Prescription Opioids; Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities; Corrupt Organization; Criminal Use of Communication Facility; Criminal Conspiracy
 
20.      Israel Meletiche - 26 years of age, 2103 Elder Street, Reading, PA
Delivery of Prescription Opioids; Possession with the Intent to Deliver Prescription Opioids; Possession of Prescription Opioids; Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities; Corrupt Organization; Criminal Use of Communication Facility; Criminal Conspiracy
 
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21      David Concepcion – 39 years of age, 1452 North 11th Street, Reading, PA
Persons not to Possess Firearms, Possession of Methamphetamine
 
22.  Kevin Pichardo – 20 years of age, 1452 North 11th Street, Reading, PA
Possession With Intent to Deliver Heroin
 
23.  Frankie Rosario – 20 years of age, 1235 Perry Street, Reading, PA
Tampering With Evidence, Dealing in Proceeds of Unlawful Activities, Possession of Marijuana
 
The arrested individuals were transported to the Sheriff’s Central Processing Unit.    
 
Criminal charges, and any discussion thereof, are merely allegations and all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty is an accusation.
 
If you have any information regarding any of the individuals who remain at large, please contact Crime Alert Berks County at 1-877-373-9913 or Berks County District Attorney’s at 610-478-7171.
 
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