Acting AG Henry Announces 3 Arrested, 6 Firearms Seized in Philadelphia Drug Trafficking Takedown

February 8, 2023 | Topic: Criminal

HARRISBURG – Acting Attorney General Michelle Henry today announced the arrest of three Philadelphia men, Daniel Perez, 30, Jonathan Mitchell, 29, and Joshua Morales, 21, for charges related to the distribution of drugs, including fentanyl, and the possession of multiple firearms, including two ghost guns.

“Drugs like fentanyl fuel the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania and are responsible for countless deaths in our communities,” said Acting AG Henry. “Thanks to strong collaboration with our law enforcement partners, we were able to confiscate dangerous drugs and firearms that devastate communities throughout the Commonwealth. My office will use all the tools at our disposal to hold those accountable who put the lives of Pennsylvanians at risk.”

While executing search warrants, agents from the Office of Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics Investigation (BNI) and the Philadelphia Police Department Intensive Drug Investigation Squad (IDIS) seized over 4,000 grams of Fentanyl, which is equal to approximately 139,000 doses with a street value of over $1,000,000. Agents also seized over 1,000 grams of cocaine and crack cocaine, with a street value of $90,000, as well as six firearms and over $100,000 in cash.

“The opioid crisis in Philadelphia has contributed to increased crime in the city and has impacted the quality of life that residents and visitors can enjoy,” said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw. “I am thankful for the partnerships that we hold with the AG’s BNI, the FBI, and HSI for the critical work that goes into making Philadelphia a safer place to live, work, and play.”

This investigation was a collaborative effort between the BNI, IDIS, the FBI, and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

These cases are being prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Daniel Sweeney. All charges are accusations. The defendants are innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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