Press Releases


Press Releases from the City of Reading

Drug Investigations Enforcement

 

READING: On 21 July 2022, the Reading Police Department, the Berks County District Attorneys Office Detectives , and the Berks County Emergency Response Team executed search warrants at 416 South 11th Street and 1157 Cotton Street.

The search warrants were the result of months -long investigations conducted by the Reading Police Department and the Berks Count y District Attorney’s Office Drug Task Force. The investigations were initiated in response to complaints from area residents and additional information developed by patrol officers and Vice Investigators regarding street-level drug sales from both locations.


The following will be charged with drug-related offenses relative to the investigation at 416 South 11th Street:


Josue Muriente (age 26), Keisla Marie Cintron (age 26) , Carmen Cruz (age 41) and Jorge Luis Salgado Cruz (age 24).


The following narcotics and firearm were seized during the investigation at 416 South
11th Street:


Crack Cocaine, Marijuana, Prescription Pills , and a Taurus 9mm pistol.


The following will be charged with drug -related offenses relative to the investigation
at 1157 Cotton Street:


Jorge Quinones-Ortiz (age 35).


The following narcotics were seized during the investigation at 1157 Cotton Street:

Crack Cocaine and Heroin.


“The enforcement operations today were the culmination of months of hard work and collaborative efforts by the Reading Police Department and the District Attorney’s Drug Task Force, said Chief Richard Tornielli. The Reading Police Department and our partner, law enforcement agencies, are dedicated to working relentlessly to target the criminals who are selling poison on our streets and contributing to acts of violence in our neighborhoods. We will continue to aggressively target those individuals who seek to disrupt our community and the lives of our residents and visitors, with the goal of providing all of our resident s safe streets and neighborhoods.”


“My office is committed to working with the Reading Police Department in keeping the community safe. Today’s effort s bring us one step closer to eliminating the threat of violence that is associated with drug trafficking.” District Attorney John T. Adams.