Federal, county and municipal authorities arrested three men while completing a drug bust on Tuesday in Bensalem.
Andres Ramirez Orozco, 30, of San Leandro, CA; Joel Javier, 26, of Philadelphia; and Travis Smith, 30, of Willingboro, NJ; were arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Jan Vislosky on charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and conspiracy for their roles in the methamphetamine bust.
Police found five pounds of the drug from the site. The drugs carry a street value of more than $225,000 according to authorities and amount to more than 10,000 individual doses.
“This seizure represents a significant amount of methamphetamine that will not end up being distributed on our streets and in our communities,” said Gary Tuggle, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Philadelphia Field Division. “The DEA, working with our law enforcement partners here, will continue to aggressively target the drug traffickers that seek to damage our neighborhoods.”
According to a probable cause affidavit, Smith told police that he was a heroin user who agreed to drive Javier to Bensalem to pick up the drugs in a deal brokered by Javier.
Authorities began the two-day bust by watching Javier as he fraternized with Orozco and others on Monday in Philadelphia before following him to the Holiday Inn on Street Road in Bensalem. When they saw Javier take a white shopping bag out of the trunk of his car to inside the vehicle, they moved in, finding the drugs inside the bag.
All three are being held in the Bucks County Correctional Facility after failing to post 10 percent of $950,000 bail each. The defendants are tentatively scheduled for a Dec. 27 preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Joseph P. Falcone of Bensalem.