HAZLETON —State drug agents and city police arrested five people in separate drug trafficking cases, seizing more than 1,200 heroin packets in the process.
One suspect tried to escape out a rear door of a residence when police and Attorney General’s Office agents came with a search warrant on Wednesday.
Carlos R. Ortiiz, 51, of Harrison Street, and Yender Minaya, 23, of West Third Street, were arrested for peddling heroin from Ortiz’s house, according to charges filed.
Leslie Peguero, 20, and Erica Mundo, 24, addresses unknown, and Odalys Cortez, 25, of North Wyoming Street, were arrested when they were allegedly found with heroin inside a Carson Avenue residence.
According to the criminal complaints:
Authorities allege Ortiiz, using the street name El Bori, was selling heroin from his residence for several weeks. Ortiiz sold bricks of heroin in single purchases.
A brick contains 50 heroin packets.
Authorities were successful in purchasing four bricks, or 200 heroin packets, from Ortiiz on Jan. 9, according to the complaints.
Each packet was stamped “McDonald’s I’m lovin it.”
Authorities set up to buy heroin from Ortiiz on Jan. 14 and allegedly spotted Minaya getting out of a vehicle and going into Ortiiz’s residence.
Authorities allege in the complaints that six bricks containing 300 heroin packets were purchased from Ortiiz’s residence. Each heroin packet was stamped “M.O.E.”
Authorities served a search warrant at Ortiiz’s residence and seized 1,199 heroin packets, each stamped “$1000,” the complaints say.
Minaya attempted to flee out a rear door when authorities executed the search warrant.
In the other heroin bust, authorities searched the Carson Avenue residence and arrested Peguero, Mundo and Cortez. While authorities were there, Cortez arrived to drop off 48 heroin packets, according to the complaints.
Ortiiz and Minaya were jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $250,000 bail each.
Peguero, Mundo and Cortez were jailed for lack of $25,000 bail each.