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February 8, 2011

Tip leads to arrest of three suspected Philadelphia drug dealers

NORTHUMBERLAND — A tip that included a telephone number led to the arrest of three suspects whom police described as Philadelphia drug dealers.

They identified the suspects as brothers Joselito Rodriquez, 22, Luigi Rodriquez, 23, and Denise Peacock, 31. They said the Rodriquez brothers had tattoos indication their association with the “Bloods” gang.

Police said they used the phone number they obtained from a confidential source to call a Philadelphia woman who the source said wanted to start delivering drugs, including heroin, to Northumberland County.

Officers from the Northumberland Montour Drug Task Force acted as potential buyers on Thursday, calling a dealer identified only as “Danielle” in arrest documents and asking for 10 bundles of heroin containing 14 bags of the drug each.

When police tried to cut the price of the drugs from $1,200 to $1,100, “Danielle” told them she would have to talk with her people.

Later that night, police received a phone call from “Denise,” who told them she was the boss and she called the shots, according to arrest documents.

“Denise” told police she needed $1,200 and an additional $500 for the driver and passenger for making the delivery to Northumberland County, documents said.

Police agreed to the terms, and “Denise” advised them she would be leaving Philadelphia that night to make the delivery, documents said.

Officers took their positions after “Denise” told them she and the others were in the area but needed directions to the meeting place, the Short Stop Mart on Route 11 in Point Township.

Officers guided the suspects to the Short Stop, and at 2:52 a.m., an F-150 King Ranch pickup truck pulled into the lot where the purchase was made.

Police then swarmed to the truck and seized 142 packets of heroin, $2,840 in cash and a large machete and arrested Joselito and Luigi Rodriquez.

As a police vehicle was leaving the Short Stop, an officer noticed a woman walking along Route 11 and saw her turn up a driveway.

Police stopped the woman, and she told them her name was Denise. She informed officers that the two men in the pickup truck had told her they had to meet someone and had dropped her off along the road.

Police said they later determined she was Peacock, and after doing a safety sweep of her purse for weapons, police found two clear plastic baggies, which contained suspected marijuana.

Joselito Rodriquez was charged with criminal use of a communication facility, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, all of which are felony charges.

Luigi Rodriguez was charged with criminal use of a communication facility, delivery of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, all of which are felony charges.

Peacock was charged with, criminal use of a communication facility, delivery of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

All three were arraigned by District Judge Robert J. Bolton. They were ordered held in the Northumberland County Prison on $145,000 bail each.

— E-mail comments to fscarcella@dailyitem.com.

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