By Amanda Klein | January 2, 2019
Two alleged Western Pennsylvania area drug dealers are in jail after police and state drug agents arrested the pair on Dec. 27, according to Attorney General Josh Shapiro.
Authorities also seized more than $13,000 in cash along with cocaine and methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $223,000.
Ivan Organista-Gomez, 41, and Fabiola Romero-Dorante, 33, of Pittsburgh, are facing criminal conspiracy, possession with intent to deliver and drug possession charges, according to online court records.
Organista-Gomez was stopped by drug agents after they observed him fail to stop at a stop sign moments after he dropped off Romero-Dorante at her apartment, a criminal complaint said.
Upon entering her apartment, authorities discovered a half-pound of methamphetamine, one and a half kilograms of cocaine, $13,026 cash, a digital scale and other items which are commonly used by drug traffickers to break down bulk amounts of narcotics into smaller amounts for resale, another complaint alleged.
Two juveniles were also at the residence at the time of the seizure. Both are charged with criminal conspiracy, possession with intent to deliver, and other related charges.
Following her arrest, Romero-Dorante told police how she and Organista-Gonez travel to California to purchase cocaine and methamphetamine.
“I’m committed to making sure Pennsylvanians can feel safe in their neighborhoods, and taking down illegal drug operations like this one is part of that mission. These dealers were keeping hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal narcotics in the same home where children were present,” said Attorney General Shapiro. “Drug networks like this push poison into our communities, increasing the effects of the heroin and opioid epidemic, and we will continue to prosecute them to make our neighborhoods safer.”
The pair were released on their own recognizance and face a Jan. 9 preliminary hearing.
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