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Illegal pill distribution operation shut down

A several month joint investigation by Bensalem Police and the FBI Philadelphia Division dismantled a criminal organization that was responsible for distributing hundreds of thousands of illegal opioids

The Times

A several month joint investigation conducted by Bensalem Police and the FBI Philadelphia Division disrupted and dismantled a criminal organization that was responsible for distributing hundreds of thousands of illegal opioids and other pills in the Philadelphia region.

The investigation started with a drug arrest of a small amount of marijuana in Bensalem and led investigators to uncover the source of the opioids was a “special waste” facility, Wheelabrator Falls Inc., operating in Bucks County which was tasked with destroying a number of pharmaceuticals marked for destruction.

The investigation revealed a vulnerability at the Wheelabrator Falls facility which allowed for the pills to be covertly stolen prior to being incinerated. The stolen opioids and pills were being sold in large quantities on the streets of Philadelphia, Bucks County, and New Jersey.

Employees of the waste facility exploited their positions to steal the pharmaceuticals and sell them to drug dealers who would then sell the pills on the street. The investigation led to the recovery of approximately 200,000 illegal pills with an approx. street value of 1.2 million dollars. Multiple suspects have been arrested.

Bensalem Township Police thanks Wheelabrator, Inc. for its cooperation in this investigation as well as the FBI.

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