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Heroin trafficker gets one of the longest sentences in county history

Judge said he hopes sentence deters others.

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - A man convicted of trafficking nearly 60 lbs. of heroin was sentenced in Montgomery County court Wednesday.

David Pacheco, 46, of East Norriton was sentenced to 40 to 80 years in prison, one of the longest drug sentences in Montgomery County history, for transporting nearly $9 million worth of heroin from September 2015 until his arrest in January 2016.

Judge Garrett D. Page said he hoped the long sentence would deter others from going down the same path.

Pacheco was arrested on January 10, 2016, at the King of Prussia toll plaza with more than 6.5 lbs. of heroin concealed in a car battery.

Authorities say his arrest was the result of “Operation EverStart,” a surveillance and investigation of Pacheco.

The investigation found over the course of nine trips, Pacheco drive to Atlanta, picked up heroin concealed in retrofitted, working car batteries, would then drive the drug to Bronx, New York.

After dropping the heroin off to wholesale dealers in New York, Pacheco would drive back to Atlanta with the cash.

Pacheco was found guilty in August 2017 of multiple drug trafficking charges.

"We severed an artery with this arrest and conviction of Pacheco. But there are more drug traffickers and drug dealers to shut down and we are looking for them,” said Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele.

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