PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - Two men have been arrested after authorities uncovered 7.2 kilograms of heroin and fentanyl valued at more than $2.6 million in a North Philadelphia home.
Officials say the amount of heroin and fentanyl seized would have produced 250,000 doses for sale on the streets of Philadelphia.
Cesar Guzman, 24, and Duagermy Sanchez-Rosario, 30, both of North Philadelphia, were arrested Sunday night and charged with possession with intent to deliver, dealing in proceeds and criminal conspiracy, among other offenses.
“These drug dealers were trafficking an extraordinary amount of heroin, which they were mixing with fentanyl to make it even deadlier,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said at a press conference. “The drugs we seized would have created 250,000 doses of heroin and fentanyl to be sold and used on our city’s streets. That is 250,000 death sentences avoided.”
In addition to the large amount of heroin and fentanyl, investigators seized a loaded handgun, drug bags stamped “Demolition Man," two scales, more than $6,500 in cash and other paraphernalia.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that the National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates to be 100 times more potent than morphine.
“This is a perfect example of outstanding law enforcement teamwork,” said Philadelphia Police Deputy Commissioner Dennis Wilson. “The amount of heroin and fentanyl removed from our streets during this operation is substantial."
Both defendants are being held on $1.5 million bail and face significant jail sentences if convicted of all the charges against them.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, February 27.