Key Player In Synthetic-Pot Ring May Be On The Run

A 1947 topographic map of the Reading, Pennsyl...

A 1947 topographic map of the Reading, Pennsylvania area. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A week after raiding a corner grocery store in southeast Reading, city police are still looking for its owner, whom they said is a central figure in a ring that manufactured and distributed synthetic marijuana.

Eric Cintron, 22, of the 8000 block of Allentown Pike, Maidencreek Township, was charged Oct. 24 with possessing K2, or synthetic marijuana, and conspiring to manufacture and distribute the drug, risking a catastrophe and other counts.

Investigators said Cintron is considered the owner of Cotton Street Mini Market at 14th and Cotton streets, which police raided Oct. 25 along with Cintron’s residence and two other locations.

They said they believe Cintron has fled the area.

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Police Arrest Four In Reading As Part Of Synthetic Pot Investigation

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Reading police and Berks County detectives Thursday morning raided a corner grocery store and several other locations as part of an investigation of a large synthetic marijuana manufacturing and distribution operation based in the city.

Four individuals – Brandon Miranda, 24, Maria Garcia-Ortiz, 25, Isuain Alvarado-Rosado, 34, and Orlando Alvarado-Rosado, 32 – were charged with felony drug charges and taken into custody. Their addresses were not immediately available. Jesus Medina, 32, of the 2200 block of Hampden Boulevard, and Eric Cintron, 33, of the 8000 block of Allentown Pike were also charged but remained at large.

Investigators seized a large amount of K2, the common name for synthetic pot, and the chemicals to make the hallucinogenic drug, said Lt. Jeffrey Parr, acting commander of the city police criminal investigations division. The estimated street value of the K2 seized is about $100,000.

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