Lehigh Valley

Police make another arrest in Trinitarios drug network

Authorities raided three homes in September

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Allentown police have arrested another member of the Trinitarios street gang accused of dealing heroin, cocaine and marijuana for months in the area of North Penn and West Tilghman streets.

Eddy “Goofy” Vicento faces a handful of felony drug charges for his involvement in the operation. District Judge David Howells arraigned the 22-year-old Monday night, setting bail at $250,000.

Authorities made the first round of arrests in September after raiding a trio of homes in the 100 block of West Oak Street, the 400 block of West Tilghman Street and 600 block of North Penn Street.

Investigators said they used “reliable and informative details” from a series of informants to build a case against members of the gang. Court records detail a series of controlled drug buys between late June and early September that were coordinated by members of the gang, including Vicento.

Court records allege Miguel "Bori" Carrilo-Melendez, Jonathan Caraballo, Adoni Marte-Delgado, Edgar Marmolejos and Vicento met with buyers to sell heroin, cocaine and pot. In July, an informant arranged a marijuana buy, meeting with Vicento and another man known as “Choko” in the area of North Penn and West Tilghman streets, according to court records.

An informant arranged a heroin buy through Carrilo-Melendez about a week later, and Vicento was seen walking out of an apartment in the 600 block of North Penn Street making the sale, according to court records.

When police searched the three homes, they allegedly found more than $3,000 cash, two handguns, ammunition, a loaded rifle, gang paraphernalia, digital scales, cell phones and a safe.

Police charged Vicento with five felony counts of possession with intent to deliver, a felony count of being a member of a corrupt organization and a single misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance.

He failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 23.


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