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Large cocaine bust in Lancaster lands 3 men behind bars

DA: Drugs easily could have made way into Berks

LANCASTER, Pa. - It was an investigation so big, it took two years. The mission? Bring down top drug dealers in Lancaster County.

"To get these higher level dealers, it takes time," Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman told 69 News. "You can't just walk up to them and purchase from them."

The Lancaster County DA's drug task force teamed up with the DEA and Homeland Security to track down the men -- Carlos Xavier Ramos, Carlos Ramos-Lebron and Jose Quiles-Rivera.

"This is a major arrest, and we've gotten a lot of drugs off the streets, as well as the guns," Stedman said.

Stedman said his office recovered a kilo of cocaine, which has a street value of up to $50,000, a few thousand dollars worth of heroin and several guns.

"I think four out of the seven firearms are stolen, so we filed some charges with that," he said.

In addition to having cash, drugs and guns at their homes, the DA said the drug suspects also had plenty of stuff in several storage facilities.  

Stedman said the drugs could have easily made their way to Berks County.

"This was not just confined to the city, and of course they'll sell to anybody. They'll sell anywhere," he said.

The DA said while the suspects might just get replaced by others, he believes his guys saved some lives.

"We're not just talking about a pound or a kilo here," Stedman said. "We're talking about humans."


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