Montgomery County police arrest more than 20 in fentanyl drug bust

The arrests centered on five high-level drug dealers.

Jim Melwert
June 28, 2018 - 6:04 pm
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said the drug bust centered on five high-level dealers, including David Cooper.

Jim Melwert | KYW Newsradio

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Law enforcement in Montgomery County announced a major drug bust that resulted in more than 20 arrests and the seizure about 6,600 doses of the deadly narcotic fentanyl. 

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said it centered on five high-level dealers, including David Cooper.

"He was the main target of our investigation. [He] was the head of the drug trafficking organization that was selling fentanyl cocaine, crack cocaine and methamphetamine," Steele said.

Through a wiretap, Steele said they learned Cooper was expecting a large shipment of fentanyl.

"He was alerting members of his inner circle, and they were in turn alerting dealers down the line to be ready for a significant amount of fentanyl and to move it quickly," he noted.

When the delivery arrived in early June, investigators moved in. But when they searched a minivan and couldn't find the stash, they called in a state police trooper.

"This trooper is an expert in electronically hidden compartments installed after-market," he added. "He was able to locate a compartment and get to it by figuring out the activation mechanism."

In that compartment, they found about 200 grams — more than 6,600 doses of fentanyl — which is roughly 100 times more potent than morphine.

As a result of this bust, Steele said they were able to seriously disrupt the drug supply, especially in Pottstown.