32 Arrested in Major Pennsylvania Drug Bust
Police have been conducting surveillance of various Pennsylvania drug dealers for a while, and it has led to a major drug bust of 32 people. According to Pennsylvania law enforcement officers, the bust was connected to a Colombian drug ring that was shipping heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine into the area.
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) was originally tipped off about the incident in January 2014. A wiretap investigation had provided information that there was heroin trafficking being conducted in Montgomery County with potential connections to ongoing drug investigations in Medellin, Colombia. The DEA agents and Montgomery County Narcotics Enforcement Team worked together, exchanging recordings of phone calls between Michael Daly of Norristown and Juan Carlos Jaramillo-Gonzalez of Colombia, who was among those responsible for the trafficking. Apparently, the two became acquainted while incarcerated in a federal prison in the 1990s.
Informants were able to provide more information to the NET and DEA, and after months of monitoring, they made the arrests in relation to the case. As it turned out, there was a lot more than just heroin being trafficked into the area through the Colombian connection — crystal meth and cocaine in the region was also connected to this case.
When these cases go to court, the best chance that the people charged with the various drug crimes have is to find any potential misuse of evidence or invalid collection of evidence that led to the arrests. If, for example, officers collected evidence without the proper warrants, then that evidence would be inadmissible for use in court.
If you’ve been arrested for a drug crime, work with experienced criminal law attorney David R. Eshelman.