December 14, 2012
Allentown search results in $140,000 heroin and cocaine seizure; PA & NJ drug fugitive charged
HARRISBURG - Agents from the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation arrested a drug fugitive wanted in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey and seized approximately $140,000 worth of heroin, cocaine and marijuana during the December 12th search of an Allentown apartment.
Attorney General Linda Kelly identified the defendant as Jose Rodriguez, also known as Chiral Rodriguez, age 35, who was taken into custody following a search of his apartment, located at 716 South Filmore Street, Allentown.
During the search, agents from the Attorney General's Office and officers from the Allentown Police Department seized approximately 400 grams of suspected heroin, with an estimated street value of $133,000, along with 75 grams of suspected cocaine, valued at approximately $7,500. Approximately 186 grams of a substance believed to be marijuana, worth $1,200, was also seized during the search.
Kelly said that agents also located drug packaging materials, including a hydraulic press used to compress heroin or cocaine into unusual "hockey puck" shaped quantities. Grinders, sifters, scales and small plastic baggies used to package drugs for resale were also seized, along with $7,000 in cash.
According to court records, Rodriguez is the subject of a Pennsylvania bench warrant for failure to appear in court following a 2009 arrest in Lehigh County on narcotics charges. That case was brought by the Attorney General?s Bureau of Narcotics Investigations.
Rodriguez is also the subject of an arrest warrant from Passaic, New Jersey, involving charges of being a "first degree leader of a narcotics network."
Rodriguez is charged with three counts of drug possession with intent to deliver, one count of criminal use of a communications facility and one count of fugitive from justice, all felony charges.
He is also charged with three counts of drug possession and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, all misdemeanors.
Rodriguez is currently being held in the Lehigh County Prison in lieu of $750,000 bail.
The case will be prosecuted in Lehigh County by the Office of Attorney General.
Kelly thanked the Allentown Police Department for their assistance and cooperation with this ongoing investigation.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty)