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Big Bust: Men with 94 Bricks of Heroin Arrested Outside Borough

Police say a routine traffic stop turned up the enormous quantity of the drug.

A Harrisburg man faces drug charges after police say a routine traffic stop on the Pennsylvania Turnpike turned into a large-scale heroin bust.

According to court documents, Jose Morales-Morell, 31, was pulled over at mile marker 316 of the turnpike on December 17 when he was clocked traveling 77 mph in a 65 mph zone. The stop occurred at 3:43 a.m.

The state trooper who initiated the stop said he immediately recognized signs of criminal activity in the car, which was, in addition to Morales-Morell, peopled by passengers Nelson Morales-Morell and Luis Ledee-Rodriguez.

The officer asked to search the vehicle, and Morales-Morell said “no.” A K9 unit was dispatched to the scene, while Ledee-Rodriguez was taken away by police for an outstanding warrant in Harrisburg. Both Morales-Morells opted to leave the scene while the K9 was en route.

The dog, once on the scene, indicated that she smelled either cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, or marijuana. The vehicle was then towed to the state police’s Embreeville barracks, where it was searched and 94 bricks of heroin were discovered in a plastic bag in the trunk.

Jose Morales-Morell was charged with possession of narcotics with intent to deliver, conspiracy to deliver narcotics, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He faces preliminary hearing before Judge Michaels on January 17.

David Dawson January 01, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Illegal Imagrints....
Kristin Pesnell January 01, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Are you assuming they are illegal immigrants because of their names? I wonder if illegals can spell better than "educated" home grown Americans. I bet they can.
mnmnmnmnnmm January 01, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Immigrants.
Bob Lemon January 01, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Good work!
David Castro January 01, 2013 at 03:50 PM
There not immigrants because immigrants come to work for there family's not to push drugs trust me! They will be American born or from my race Puerto Rico sad to say but most likely.
David Castro January 01, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Also remember that we are all immigrants in this country we all came from different cultures little history
Joanne Mudry January 01, 2013 at 06:19 PM
they know
harry finster January 01, 2013 at 07:46 PM
some immigrants are better quality than others,unfortunately the system has broken down and we are being inundated with low quality illegal aliens
Laura Schwartz January 01, 2013 at 10:18 PM
All of my ancestors were immigrants. Some of them even fought the laws in place at the time, both in their native countries and here. Their surnames include Standish, Washington, Adams, Chase, Moses, McAuliffe, Sheehan, and so many more. Some of them actually amounted to positions of great importance. Care to cast aspersions?
Ike January 02, 2013 at 02:29 PM
Laura, but i would think that most of them were legal. Why are there so many illegal aliens in the USA now? Care to cast your thoughts? In Texas, Arizon, N.M. there are so many of these illegal aliens that bring drugs in .Maybe these boys are some of them? If not , there are many more around here.
Dan Y January 03, 2013 at 01:44 AM
I think the 2 mentions of these guys' names triggering a debate about race is equally as disturbing as the crime they were caught committing. Everyone, from all walks of life and color, is capable of crap like this. Today a white dude (Hines) got busted with heroine, cocain and pills in the heart of Phoenixville and there wasn't a single comment about his color or origins. Shut up and stop bickering. Assuming the race of these guys lead them to commit this crime is, by definition, racist. They're idiots and they got caught. End of story.
Ike January 03, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Well Kristin , he cant call them what the really are..... ITS NOT P.CORREST!!!!!So what the deal ,, you knew what he say!!!!

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