NEW STANTON, Pa. (KDKA) — Westmoreland County State Police say tens of thousands of dollars worth of fentanyl are off the streets.
Leonardo Ramirez, of New Jersey, was arrested after he allegedly sold fentanyl to an undercover officer, police said.
Law enforcement said Ramirez pulled into the parking lot of the Days Inn in New Stanton to deliver the drugs. He told the customer, who he believed to be a street vendor, that he “had the goods if he had the money.”
A New Jersey man took cash and handed over an estimated $50,000 in fentanyl, according to a criminal complaint.
“Mr. Ramirez would be someone we would consider to be a high-level dealer when it comes to moving large amounts of drugs,” said police officer Stephen Limani.
State police said there have been several drug busts at various hotels in New Stanton, but the challenge now is to create safe houses nearby because the hotels are becoming too risky.
“Fentanyl is one of the deadliest drugs we’ve ever come across,” Limani said.
Ramirez is being held in the Westmoreland County Jail. He faces several drug charges.