Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat TY Gus Trib Live
A Philadelphia woman and
Dominican Republican man arrested by the state police in a traffic stop along
the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Mt. Pleasant Township have been charged by the
federal government with possessing about 400 “bricks” of fentanyl, a powerful
painkiller that is mixed with heroin to make a deadly drug.
The suspects, Yarelis Mary Garcia
Corretjer, 23, of Philadelphia, and Reyelin Manuel Abreu Vasquez, 23, of the
Dominican Republic are charged with possession with intent to deliver fentanyl
following their arrest Wednesday afternoon as a result of the traffic stop in which
state police say they found the fentanyl in a compartment under the rear
windshild wiper, according to the complain filed against the pair. Police said
that Garcia was driving a car registered to another person from Philadelphia
and were headed to Pittsburgh.
The pair, who told authorities
they live together in Philadelphia, were taken to the state police barracks at
Greensburg for interrogation, the complaint stated. Garcia Corretjer told
troopers they planned to visit her aunt and Vasquez said they were going to see
a friend in Pittsburgh, whom he did not identify.
Abreau Vasquez allegedly told law
enforcement that he was in the United States illegally and had crossed the
Mexican border about four years ago.
If convicted, the pair face a
minimum jail sentence of 10 years and maximum penalty of life in prison plus a
$10 million fine.
The U.S. Department of Homeland
Security Investigations joined the state police in conducting the