A month-long investigation culminated in a raid that led to two arrests in Reading recently, according to local law enforcement. A woman and her adult son now face possession and intent to distribute charges, as well as charges related to alleged weapon offenses. The duo were arrested by Pennsylvania authorities on Jan. 8, and they are now both behind bars awaiting further proceedings.
Pennsylvania law enforcement reports the duo were under investigation for at least one month prior to the raid. Neighbors say they were at least peripherally aware of the alleged illegal activity happening in the home. The property had been condemned by the city. State police worked together with a special response unit to coordinate the raid, which was undertaken at 6 a.m.
Police say that they discovered 536 packets of what they believe to be heroin in the home, along with materials assumed to be packing for the alleged drugs, a scale and a small handgun with the serial number apparently filed off. Also seized was $300 in cash. If the packets indeed contain heroin, police claim that he estimated street value of the amount on-site is roughly $5,000. The duo are being held on a combined bail of $350,000, and no trial date has yet been set for either of them.
Drug possession and intent to distribute charges are taken very seriously in the state of Pennsylvania, with harsh penalties attached for anyone who is actually convicted. However, long investigations run the risk of infringing even accidentally upon the rights of targeted individuals. Prosecutors will likely have to provide appropriate evidence that all law enforcement involved in the raid conducted themselves in accordance with due process, lest some evidence be deemed inadmissible at trial by the court.
Source: wfmz.com, "Reading woman, son busted on drug, weapon charges", Jennifer Joas, Jan. 8, 2015