Sometimes it starts with just one anonymous tip, and that was certainly the case in an 11 person drug trafficking bust announced by the Bucks DA office yesterday.
District Attorney Matt Weintraub alleges the operation centered around a home on Cheryl Drive in Warminster and processed $8 million worth of heroin and fentanyl every week.
Authorities in hazmat suits made the bust Tuesday evening where they collected 130 pounds in opioids and $32,000 in cash bundled by rubber bands. Photos show an elaborate set up in the basement of the home where the suspects packaged the drugs for mass distribution.
“Whatever you needed if you were in the drug business, you could get it here,” Weintraub told reporters.
Investigators found plastic storage containers filled to the brim with baggies, likely filled with heroin and fentanyl.
Prosecutors believe the operation was lead by two men who now face felony drug charges. Darieal Vasquez, 38, and Moises Rodriguez, 43, are each being held in Bucks County Correctional Facility on $10 million bail.
Both men were arraigned before District Judge Michael W. Gallagher on felony drug charges. They each are being held at the Bucks County Correctional Facility in lieu of 10 percent of $10 million bail.
Police received an anonymous tip in July, which would make this one of the largest Push Out The Pusher busts yet.
The following suspects, who allegedly worked in the operation as well, are being held on similar charges for smaller bails of $5 million each:
- Luigi Ortega, 30,
- Delvin Perez, 36,
- Roberto Espinal, 46,
- Jose Luis-Morales, 45,
- Carlos Garcia-Perez, 33,
- Eleni Saturrie, 38,
- Yocasta Maria-Mercedes, 37,
- Nuris Martinez, 45, and
- Luis Torres, 31.
Multiple offices participated in the investigation including:
- Warminster Township Police,
- Bucks County Detectives,
- the FBI,
- Pennsylvania State Police,
- the Bucks County Drug Strike Force,
- the Central Bucks Special Response Team,
- Montgomery County Detectives, and
- the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department.