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- Police arrested 11 men and women accused of being involved in an $8 million heroin and fentanyl ring in Bucks County.
- Police found more than 130 pounds of heroin and fentanyl after raiding a home on Cheryl Drive, investigators said.
- Officials believe Darieal Vasquez, 38, and Moises Rodrigues, 43, ran the operation.
Eleven men and women were arrested for allegedly operating a massive heroin and fentanyl ring that raked in $8 million worth of product in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, officials announced Wednesday.
A broken window and scattered clothing told only part of the story, which unfolded late Tuesday night on the 600 block of Cheryl Drive in Warminster.
Law enforcement officers in hazmat suits could be seen descending on the house, carting off bags of cash, drugs and guns. Police said an anonymous tip led them to unearthing the contraband.
“To let this happen in our neighborhood, it’s a disgrace,” neighbor Joe Michalski said.
In all, police found more than 130 pounds of heroin and fentanyl, bundles of cash totaling about $32,000 wrapped in rubber bands, records indicating the amounts of heroin and fentanyl packaged inside the house, and a fully-loaded handgun, officials said.
The neighborhood is usually quiet, according to Michalski and Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub, who said that he grew up nearby.
The accused did everything they could to blend in, officials said, going as far hanging up Christmas decorations outside the house.
A mother who lives next door said she was making dinner in the kitchen when a loud boom startled her. She didn't know where it came from until she heard police screaming "Go, go go!" as they ran into the house.
Soon, they emerged and officials built a staging area in the driveway. Weintraub said the arrests were the result of a multi-agency drug investigation.
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Officials believe Darieal Vasquez, 38, and Moises Rodrigues, 43, ran the operation. They were arraigned on felony drug charges and are each behing held at the Bucks County Correctional Facility in lieu of 10 percent of $10 milion bail.
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, are also charged. They were jailed for lack of 10 percent of $5 million bail.