And to Think: The Dems Don't Want a Fence on Our Border
I guess they'll stop supporting amnesty for illegals and a Swiss-cheese southern border after reading more stories like this:
The breakup of a Norristown-based cocaine ring was said to be the biggest bust ever in the county.
By Bonnie L. Cook
Inquirer Staff Writer
Montgomery County officials said yesterday that they had made the biggest drug bust ever in the county by breaking up a cocaine ring operating in and around Norristown.
The bust was announced by District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. during a morning news briefing at which packages of white powder and envelopes stuffed with cash were displayed on a table.
Armed with search warrants, narcotics officers raided nine locations on Wednesday and seized 44 pounds of cocaine worth $2 million, $300,000 in cash, 15 vehicles and various firearms, Castor said.
He said the bust grew from multiple tips received over the summer identifying Norristown resident Mumin Niree Bentley as a major cocaine supplier to drug dealers in the Norristown area.
Investigators obtained a court order last month to eavesdrop on cell phone calls made by Bentley and two others, and used cell-phone chatter and undercover surveillance to piece together how the drug ring worked.
"In large-scale drug operations, they won't deal with people they haven't dealt with before," so the eavesdropping was needed, Castor said.
On Wednesday, detectives received advance word of a drug buy in Upper Merion by intercepting a phone call. They went to the meeting, where they arrested two drug-runners and confiscated two kilograms of cocaine, Castor said.
Simultaneously, investigators executed search warrants on seven locations in Norristown and one each in Upper Merion and Northeast Philadelphia.
Castor said that officers arrested Bentley, 27, Jose Javier Cabrera, 33, Anthony Mendoza, 27, David Ross, 27, and Efrain Lopez-Rodriguez, 28, all of Norristown. They also arrested Abraham Moran-Martinez, 22, of Upper Merion Township, and Steven Anthony, age and address unknown.
The seven were charged with alleged narcotics violations and conspiracy charges. Four of the men - Cabrera, Moran-Martinez, Mendoza and Lopez-Rodriguez - have told police they are Mexican nationals living illegally in the United States.
All failed to post $1 million bail and were being held in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.
Contact staff writer Bonnie L. Cook at 610-313-8232 or email@example.com.
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