HARRISBURG – Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced charges against 15 individuals as part of an investigation into drug trafficking in Dauphin County. The six-month investigation conducted by the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation, resulted in the arrests of multiple members of a corrupt organization peddling heroin, fentanyl, and other drugs into Harrisburg.
“Today, thanks to strong collaboration with our local law enforcement partners, we shut down a major drug trafficking operation in Harrisburg,” said Attorney General Shapiro. “These individuals have profited from selling dangerous drugs that fuel the opioid epidemic and devastate our communities. In the seizure of multiple firearms, we are yet again reminded of the dangerous and violent enterprise drug trafficking has become. As Attorney General, I am committed to doing whatever it takes to get this poison out of our neighborhoods and keep Pennsylvanians safe.”
While executing search warrants, agents from the Office of Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics Investigations seized 100 grams, or 3,300 doses, of fentanyl/heroin, 325 fentanyl pills, 56 grams of cocaine, seven firearms, and $100,000 in cash.
“This is the culmination of months of work by the great men and women of the Harrisburg Bureau of Police, along with Dauphin County, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Government. Harrisburg’s streets today are instantly safer, with fewer guns, drugs, and criminals, thanks to their tireless dedication,”said Harrisburg Mayor Wanda R.D. Williams.
“The citizens of the City of Harrisburg are grateful to Attorney General Shapiro and the AGs office for coming into the city and helping out with a problem that is nationwide. Mister Shapiro has let us know he would do anything for the City of Harrisburg if we asked. Mayor Williams and I are thankful for their actions today, as well as every agency that took part in today’s operation,” said Harrisburg Police Commissioner Thomas Carter.
“This was a great cooperative effort focused on sophisticated drug traffickers distributing fentanyl, heroin, and other dangerous drugs,” said Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo. “I am proud of the outstanding contributions of our Drug Task Force and our tactical team.”
The following individuals have been arrested in connection with the operation: Onassis Alexander Tejeda Arias, Michalle Medina-Hernandez, Robert Pena, Jose Luis Diaz-Camacho, Amauri Rafael Pena Abreu, Michael Berdecia-Gomez, Liz Berrios-Serranio, Carlos Vazquez, Esleither Junior Berroa-Jaquez, Anyeuris Tejada-Marte, Francis Contreras Del Rosario, Julio Pagan-Vazquez, Gregory Bosques, Zulyvette Ferrer-Olivo, and Lesli De Los Santos Perez.
The Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation was assisted in their investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police, the Dauphin County Drug Task Force, and the Harrisburg City Police Department Vice Unit. Multiple agencies assisted with the arrests and search warrants including the Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania State Police SERT, Dauphin County CRT, Dauphin County Drug Task Force, Dauphin County Probation and Parole, Dauphin County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol Firearms and Tobacco, Homeland Security Investigation, Harrisburg City Police Department and Harrisburg City Vice, Cumberland County Drug Task Force, and Capitol Police SRT.
These cases are being prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Megan Madaffari. All charges are accusations. The defendants are innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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