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Bensalem Police/FBI seize $1.5 million in drugs, guns, cash in two separate investigations

Surveillance was conducted at a Bensalem hotel, where 4 kilos of suspected fentanyl with an estimated street value of $1.3 million was seized

The Bensalem Special Investigations Unit, along with FBI agents and members of the Bucks/Montgomery County Safe Streets Task Force, conducted two large-scale narcotics seizures simultaneously, on Thursday, Aug. 18.

After a three-month investigation, Bensalem SIU, along with agents from the FBI, conducted surveillance at a Bensalem hotel and subsequently arrested Korey Mancera, 30, and Veronica Wheeler, 26. They were both charged with Manufacture, Sale or Delivery of a Controlled Substance and related offenses. Both females were from Kansas City, Kansas and Mancera had a Mexican passport in her possession.

During the arrest, police seized 4 kilos of suspected fentanyl with an estimated street value of $1.3 million. Both were arraigned by District Judge Frank Peranteau Sr. and sent to the Bucks County Correctional Facility on 10 percent of $1 million bail.

At the same time, Bensalem Detectives, members of the Bucks/Montgomery County Safe Streets Task Force and the FBI were following up on information about a methamphetamine and heroin ring based out of the Kensington section of Philadelphia. Police conducted surveillance in the parking lot of a local Bensalem store and arrested Jonathan Vasquez, 29, and Angel Molina, 26, both from Philadelphia.

Police then executed a search warrant at a home in the 3200 block of Hurley Street in Philadelphia. During the execution of the search warrant, police seized 332 grams of crack cocaine, 375 grams of hydro, 454 grams of cocaine, 175 grams of heroin/fentanyl, 252 grams of methamphetamine and 89 Xanax pills, with a total street value of approximately $150,000. Also seized was $37,000 in U.S. currency, an assault rifle and four handguns.

Vasquez and Molina were both charged with Manufacture, Sale or Delivery of a Controlled Substance and related offenses. They were arraigned by Peranteau Sr. and sent to the Bucks County Correctional Facility on 10 percent of $1 million bail.

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