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

By Submitted by County of Berks

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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.