April 29, 2014
Two suspected heroin dealers arrested in Huntingdon County
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of two Huntingdon County residents as part of an ongoing investigation into the distribution of heroin in and around the county.
According to the criminal complaint, agents from the Office of Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation (BNI) along with local law enforcement conducted a controlled purchase of 20 bags of heroin from Luis Bernal, 35 and Jacquita Kiernan, 33, both of 11731 Snyders Run Road, Huntingdon. Bernal is formerly a resident of New York City and Kiernan is formerly a resident of New Jersey.
The charges state that on Monday, April 28, 2014, Bernal and Kiernan attempted to leave the Huntingdon area in a U-Haul van and were stopped by BNI agents and Pennsylvania State Police Troopers, as well as members of the Huntingdon County Drug Task Force. Both defendants were taken into custody following the traffic stop.
Law enforcement executed five search warrants including a search of the defendant's Huntingdon residence, and encountered an elaborate heroin packaging station with a digital scale, filters, hundreds of empty stamp bags, rubber bands and an ounce rock believed to be a cutting agent. As a result of the search agents seized surveillance equipment, a notebook of records, a loaded shotgun, a loaded Aimpoint 9mm carbine and a loaded .357 Magnum revolver.
Additionally, agents seized approximately three grams of heroin with an estimated street value of $1,500, a small quantity of crack cocaine and more than $1,000 cash.
Attorney General Kane noted that this remains an active and ongoing investigation and additional arrests are anticipated. She thanked the officers from the Pennsylvania State Police Huntingdon Barracks and the Huntingdon County Drug Task Force for their participation in the investigation.
Bernal and Kiernan each are charged with one count of criminal conspiracy to deliver heroin, one count of possession with the intent to deliver heroin, one count of possession of heroin and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
Both defendants were arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Richard Wilt and held in the Huntingdon County Prison in lieu of $30,000 cash bail each. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 13, 2014.
The case will be prosecuted by Huntingdon County District Attorney Dave Smith's office.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
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