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‘Operation Ice Dog’ Leads to 18 Arrests in Berks County

A recent drug bust called “Operation Ice Dog” in Berks County resulted in 23 people being charged with crimes. The bust itself netted 18 arrests, while five other suspects remained at large. The charges included attempted homicide, conspiracy and dealing drugs like methamphetamine, fentanyl and prescription opioids.

At the press conference announcing the bust, Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams also stated that the investigation — a result of cooperation among multiple agencies — had prevented an attempted murder.

State police worked with narcotics detectives and the Reading Police Department. They discovered the people serving as principal suppliers for the dealers in the area and uncovered the murder plot in the course of the investigation.  Everyone taken into custody faces prison time.

Defendants have constitutional rights

Felony drug crimes come with some very serious consequences, including lengthy prison sentences and large fines. However, there are many ways to go about combating these charges, especially if law enforcement authorities are looking for people higher up in the drug distribution chain. If you provide key information to police, you may have your charges lessened or dropped.

There may also be plea deals available to you. By pleading guilty to lesser crimes with less severe penalties, you could avoid some of the harsh consequences that come with a felony conviction. In addition, you could see your charges reduced if you agree to attend drug addiction counseling or engage in community service.

If you have been accused of a drug crime and are looking for options, meet with skilled Reading criminal defense attorney David R. Eshelman.


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