READING, Pa. (CBS) – Twenty-four people are facing charges for operating a drug-trafficking organization in Berks and Schuylkill counties.
Officials announced the results of a joint investigation know as “Operation Ice-out” that began in April 2015 and centered around five principle organizational suppliers on Wednesday afternoon.READ MORE: Teen Victim Speaks Out For First Time Following Racially Motivated Attack Aboard SEPTA Train
During that investigation, officials were able to identify 24 active members of the drug operation, including Adrieal O’Bryant, George Meletiche, Nelson Guzman, Maico Severino and Angel Y. Ortiz-Rivera.READ MORE: 'Georgia's Defense Is Just So Good': CBS Sports’ Houston Nutt Previews SEC And Conference USA Championships
Officials also say numerous items were seized, including bulk quantities of cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin as well as revolvers, rifles, assault rifles, shotguns, ammunition, vehicles and more than $78,000 in cash.
According to investigators, 12 of the suspects were already incarcerated, and three more were apprehended Wednesday. Nine individuals remain at large.MORE NEWS: Open For Business: The Merrygold Shop's Carefully Curated Items Bring Especially Merry Feel To Holidays
If convicted, all of the suspects could face long prison sentences and fines of more than $100,000.