Two Day Drug Round-up and Reverse Operation Nets Six Heroin and Cocaine Dealers and Twenty-two Users

A two day drug round-up and reverse operation caughtsix heroin and cocaine dealers and twenty-two user charged with Possession, PWI, Delivery of Heroin and Cocaine.

Detectives from the Berks County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force and the Reading Police Vice Section arrested six street-level dealers distributing Heroin and Crack Cocaine and twenty-two users on Wednesday and Thursday (Sept. 4th & 5th) for numerous violations of the PA Drug Device and Cosmetic Act (Possession, Possession With the Intent to Deliver and Delivery). This joint investigation was the result of numerous complaints from concerned citizens and information obtained from confidential sources. The two day operation was the culmination of a two month investigation where undercover detectives purchased small amounts of Heroin and Crack Cocaine from street drug dealers in the area of South 6th and Chestnut Streets and specifically from 613 Chestnut Street, Reading, Berks Co., Pa. Undercover purchases ranged from $20.00 to $80.00 worth of Heroin and Cocaine.

The following six individuals were arrested for Delivery of a Controlled Substance:

1. Lucas Garcia (56 years of age)


613 Chestnut Street

Reading, Pa.

2. Freddie Alvarado-Merlo (42 years of age)

613 Chestnut Street

Reading, Pa.

3. Bill Castro (34 years of age)

133 South 6th Street, 1st Floor Front


4. Gregory Sims (31 years of age)

107 Pearl Street

Reading, Pa.

5. Michael Richardson (18 years of age)

No known address

6. Bryan Caban-Mercado (20 years of age)

No known address

*Note - Detectives have warrants for six additional dealers who could not be located during the round-up.

The following twenty-two (22) individuals were arrested for Possession of Heroin and Criminal Attempt to Possess of Heroin:

1. Luis Cabrerra (59 years of age)

317 Pearl Street

Reading, Pa.

2. Michael Rothenberger (35 years of age)

3114 Pricetown Road

Temple, Pa.

3. Samuel Stumhofer (37 years of age)

150 Upland Court

Hamburg, Pa.

4. Gregory Jefferson (57 years of age)

656 North 6th Street

Reading, Pa.

5. Mariano Andino-Cruz (48 years of age)

128 South 4th Street, 1st Floor

Reading, Pa.

6. Paul Hervochon (42 years of age)

248 Faith Drive

Blandon, Pa.

7. Kyle Bennett (23 years of age)

No permanent address

8. Michael Holliday (31 years of age)

227 Jefferson Road

Reinholds, Pa.

9. Iveliz Gonzalez (35 years of age)

No permanent address

10. Ezequiel Santiago (60 years of age)

428 South 15th Street

Reading, Pa.

11. Laura Bruno (71 years of age)

724 Franklin Street

2nd Floor Front

Reading, Pa.

12. Jennifer Phillips (39 years of age)

100 Main Street

Shoemakersville, Pa.

13. Ramon Gonzalez (51 years of age)

433 North 11th Street

Reading, Pa.

14. Angel Delarosa (45 years of age)

418 West Windsor Street

Reading, Pa.

15. Mark Koles (45 years of age)

100 Chestnut Street

Hamburg, Pa.

16. Candace Butler (47 years of age)

350 Elm Street, Apt. 202

Reading, Pa.

17. Blanca Lopez (51 years of age)

525 Franklin Street, 2nd Floor rear

Reading, Pa.

18. Sara Grant (27 years of age)

720 Locust Street

Reading, Pa.

19. Michael Anderson (29 years of age)

183 Oley Furnace Road

Fleetwood, Pa.

20. Leonard Browne (42 years of age)

815 Colonial Drive

Birdsboro, Pa.

21. Juan Irizarry (49 years of age)

No permanent address

22. Brenda Medina (47 years of age)

1335 Perkiomen Avenue, Apt. #7

Reading, Pa.