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4 suspects sought in Berks County drug sweep nabbed in Florida

Another suspect arrested Thursday morning at home in Hamburg

4 suspects sought in Berks drug sweep nabbed in Florida

READING, Pa. - Four alleged drug dealers being sought by Berks County authorities have been nabbed in Florida.

Members of the U.S. Marshals' Florida/Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force apprehended Luis Ramirez, 23; Edwin Colon, 34; Mariano Cardona-Torres, 29; and Nestor Gonzalez-Mendez, 23, early Thursday morning.

The four suspects are among 48 alleged dealers or street-level customers who were sought on June 26 in a countywide sweep that followed an 11-month investigation, dubbed "Operation Tourniquet."

The probe focused on the distribution of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana and prescription medications by two loosely tied organizations throughout Berks, Lancaster and Schuylkill counties, authorities said.

Berks County detectives arrested another suspect, Samuel Stumhofer, at his home in Hamburg on Thursday morning.

The most recent arrests bring to 17 the number of people still being sought.


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