Three men are accused of pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars in dope into Mercer, Montgomery and Bucks counties, authorities said.
Sabree Burke, 30, of Huntington Valley, Pennsylvania, Roderick McKinney, 24, of Trenton, and Stanley Akers, 21, of Hamilton, were rounded up last week.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Montgomery County Detective Michael Reynolds suspected Burke, the alleged leader of the drug-pushing ring, was dealing drugs out of a home on the 900 block of Meadowbrook Drive in Huntington Valley.
Authorities served search warrants on the home and found Burke with 130 heroin bricks, a defaced .40-caliber loaded Ruger and $1,454.
McKinney and Akers were Burke's street "lieutenants," Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said.
Each man faces multiple drug offenses as part of a joint drug bust involving police and prosecutors in Mercer, Bucks and Montgomery County.
As part of the bust, authorities raided homes on the first block of Park Avenue in Hamilton, where they watched Akers get into a parked gray BMW, and another residence at a Trenton housing complex.
Akers' stash included 50 bricks of heroin and $3,730 cash. The dope was on Akers, in the glove box and on the floor of the vehicle, according to a criminal complaint filed in Mercer County.
He admitted the drugs, stamped “Louis Vuitton,” belonged to him.
McKinney was popped at the Donnelly Homes on the 900 block of Southard Street, where authorities discovered heroin and two digital scales on the second-floor.
McKinney, who was taken into custody without a struggle, later admitted the 71 bricks of heroin and $500 in cash were his.
The drugs are worth more than $100,000 on the street, prosecutors said.
“This investigation represents the tremendous good that can be done when law enforcement from all levels come together to work as a team,” Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri said in a statement. “We will continue to collaborate with our law enforcement partners to stem the flow of illegal drugs into our communities.”
The Mercer County Narcotics Task Force was assisted by detectives from Trenton, Hamilton Montgomery and Bucks counties along with the feds.
Burke is being held at the Montgomery County jail on $500,000 bail. He is charged with felony possession with intent to deliver, certain person not to possess a firearm, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number and other charges. His preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 26.
McKinney and Akers are each charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession with the intent to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute within 500 feet of a Park.
They're lodged at the Mercer County jail awaiting detention hearings set for Wednesday.