Team of vice officers seize crack cocaine, 2 firearms in raid of family residence in Reading




  • In US
  • 2023-01-28 04:53:00Z
  • By Reading Eagle, Pa.

Jan. 27-State police and Reading vice and narcotics officers along with members of the Berks County District Attorney's Drug Task Force seized dozens of packets of crack cocaine during a raid Thursday of a city home.

A man who was one of several residents, including a number of juveniles, of the home in the 400 block of Spring Street was taken into custody in a second-floor bedroom where the drugs and two weapons were found, investigators said in a criminal complaint.

Cory C. Rodriguez, 32, was charged with possessing and intending to deliver cocaine and felony possession of a firearm. Police said Rodriguez has a burglary conviction that prohibits him from having a firearm.

Rodriguez was committed to Berks County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail to await a hearing following arraignment Thursday night before District Judge Kyley L. Scott in Reading Central Court.

According to investigators:

As part of an investigation, members of the Troop L vice and narcotics unit obtained a search warrant for the home and the car and body of Rodriguez.

About 9:30 a.m. a team of officers went to the home. No one answered the front door, so officers made entry.

Officers made contact with a woman and several juveniles. Rodriguez was found in the second-floor front bedroom. Both firearms were within arm's reach of where he was found.

Police found 35 resealable baggies of crack cocaine packaged for street sale. They also found a bag of cocaine in the kitchen cabinet.

Drug paraphernalia consistent with a drug-distribution operation was also found along with $446.

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