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A drug trafficking ring selling 800 pounds of a new brand of crystal meth, with a street value of up to $3.7 million, has been dismantled, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele reported Tuesday.

“We are not talking about the kind of cheap methamphetamine that was produced in bathtubs by bikers,” Steele said, when announcing the arrests today during a press conference in a grand jury room at One Montgomery Plaza. “This drug is made in Mexico in highly sophisticated laboratories.”

Steele said the new meth is being produced by Mexican cartels and is becoming more popular than fentanyl.

“The investigation resulting in these five arrests shut off a significant pipeline for methamphetamine to the entire southeastern Pennsylvania region, and our communities are safer for it,” Steele said.

The top prosecutor anticipates the number of meth arrests will rise. He said there is no quick cure for methamphetamine overdoses like Naloxone that is used to reverse an opioid overdose.

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Investigators said the drug was shipped from Los Angeles to drug leaders in the Philadelphia region.

Five suspects are in Montgomery County Correctional Facility facing 100 counts each of participating in a corrupt organization, conspiracy, possessing with intent to deliver methamphetamine and related charges.

The alleged supplier Ricky Evans, 28, of Los Angeles was extradited to Montgomery County on Sunday and was arraigned before District Judge Edward Levine and imprisoned in lieu of $3 million bail.
Four additional suspects were arraigned on March 16 before District Judge Maurice H. Saylor.

They are:

Tyrone Baker, 29, East Lansdowne, Delaware County, in lieu of $3 million bail;
Jhamir Winans 21, Philadelphia, in lieu of $3 million bail;
Shakeen Johnson, 27, Exton, Chester County; in lieu of $1 million bail; and
Joshua Quiles, 31, King of Prussia, Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, in lieu of $1 million bail.
Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer said that the methamphetamine seen today is poison. He thanked Steele for great work in putting this case together.

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