JOINT TASK FORCE MAKES $370,000 HEROIN AND FENTANYL BUST IN OXFORD CIRCLE

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PHILADELPHIA (Sept. 18, 2017) – Philadelphia District Attorney Kelley B. Hodge today announced the results of a successful joint investigation with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Philadelphia Division that led to an arrest and the confiscation of approximately $370,000 in heroin and fentanyl. Frank Merehildo Rondon (DOB: 11-19-96) has been arrested and charged with Possession with the Intent to Deliver (Ungraded Felony) and Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Misdemeanor of the 1st degree). If found guilty, the defendant could face approximately 20 years in prison.

In addition to drug paraphernalia, packaging materials, and heroin stamps; officers from the joint task force seized bulk heroin and fentanyl from a property on the 1000 block of Rosalie St. in the Oxford Circle section of the City. The confiscated drugs weighed about 600 grams, which included 20 racks of heroin totaling 3060 packets.

“The poison that is contained in just a small amount of these drugs is catastrophic,” said Kelley B. Hodge, District Attorney for the City of Philadelphia. “And this bust was literally around the corner from a Philadelphia High School, so I am so very thankful to the men and women of the Office’s Dangerous Drug Offender Unit and our partners in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Philadelphia Division, Group 51 for taking this heroin and fentanyl off of our streets,” said Kelley B. Hodge, District Attorney for the City of Philadelphia.

“This seizure, which was the result of a joint investigation by the DEA, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, and the Philadelphia Police Department, represents a substantial amount of heroin and fentanyl. The packaging and stamps, one of which was “Super O.D.,” recovered from this residence indicate that these drugs were ready to be packaged and distributed on the streets of our communities,” said Gary Tuggle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Philadelphia Field Division. “In 2016, fentanyl and fentanyl related substances were responsible for 52% of the 4,642 drug overdose deaths across Pennsylvania. In the midst of the most damaging drug epidemic in our history, this seizure will undoubtedly save lives.”

Members of the task force have been conducting investigations into heroin distributors operating in Philadelphia and received information that a male was selling heroin from the Rosalie St. property. Investigators set up their surveillance operation and on numerous occasions observed Rondon meeting with individuals for drug sales. On Sept. 13, 2017, investigators obtained a search and seizure warrant for the Rosalie St. property. There were seven individuals in the residence, including Rondon, and a 10 year old child and an infant. The property was secured and Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services was notified about the child.

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