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DA: Use of crystal meth on the rise in southeastern Pa.

WEST CHESTER, Pa. - A Reading man, who is now behind bars, was dealing a drug in Chester County that is becoming more common in the region, authorities said.

Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said crystal methamphetamine is a threat looming over southeastern Pennsylvania. He said heroin users are making a switch to crystal meth, which, he said, brings them more of a "speedball" effect.

Ruben Vargas-Santillan of Reading is a mid-level dealer of the drug, and Mexican cartels have been pushing the product to dealers like him, according to Lt. Nelson Ortiz, a detective with the Berks County district attorney's office.

He said one drug dealer's reach could be far and wide.

"We did a case where the individuals were supplying six different counties from Berks," Ortiz said.

Vargas-Santillan is in the Chester County Prison on $50,000 bail.


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