State investigators allege they found nearly four pounds of heroin during a traffic stop along Route 33 last summer, following a drug deal allegedly arranged by two Allentown men.
The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office has charged Rey Sanchez-Juaride and Albin D. Reyes-Martinez, both Allentown, and Jonathan Sanchez and Roney Osorio-Pinet, both of Syracuse, N.Y., with heroin possession and conspiracy after receiving a tip from an informant.
The 39-year-old Sanchez was arraigned last week and is being held without bail. Sanchez-Juaride, 39, was arraigned in August and remains in Lehigh County Jail after failing to post $200,000 bail. The 38-year-old Reyes-Martinez was arraigned alongside Sanchez-Juaride and released on $50,000 unsecured bail. Osorio-Pinet, meanwhile, is awaiting arraignment.
In June 2018, state investigators received a tip that Sanchez-Juaride and Reyes-Martinez were preparing to sell heroin to two men from Syracuse, according to court records. The informant told investigators where in Allentown the deal was going down and described the vehicles that the men would be driving, according to records.
Investigators said they watched the four men meet and followed the two vehicles as they drove to another location. The vehicles parked side-by-side for a few minutes before driving their separate ways.
Pennsylvania State Police eventually stopped the car driven by Osorio-Pinet on northbound Route 33 in Bushkill Township, Northampton County. Sanchez was his passenger.
Inside the vehicle, police said they spotted dozens of dryer sheets and a large roll of shrink wrap. The dryer sheets, they allege, are used to mask the smell of drugs. State police said they found two shrink-wrapped bricks of heroin in a center console. The heroin totaled just over 3.8 pounds.
Authorities charged all four men with possession with intent to deliver, corrupt organizations and two counts of conspiracy, all felonies. Osorio-Pinet and Sanchez also each face a misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance.
Sanchez-Juaride, of Tacoma Court, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 26, and Reyes-Martinez, of Congress Street, awaits a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 23. Sanchez is tentatively scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.