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Two Individuals Charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH, PA – A Philadelphia woman and Dominican Republican man have been charged federally with possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, United States Attorney Scott Brady announced today.

Yarelis Mary Garcia Corretjer, 23, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Reyelin Manuel Abreu Vasquez, 23, of the Dominican Republic are charged by complaint with knowingly and intentionally possessing with intent to distribute, fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance, on September 16, 2020. Garcia Corretjer and Abreu Vasquez were taken into custody Wednesday evening and made their appearance in United States District Court in Pittsburgh today.

According to the complaint, on September 16, 2020, at approximately 2:30 PM, Troopers with the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Safe Highways Initiative through Effective Law Enforcement and Detection (SHIELD) Unit, seized from the vehicle, occupied by Garcia Corretjer and Abreu Vasquez, approximately 400 bricks of suspected fentanyl. The suspected fentanyl field-tested positive for the controlled substance. Abreau Vasquez informed law enforcement that he was illegally in the United States and had crossed the Mexican border approximately four years ago.

The count charged in the criminal complaint carries a minimum potential penalty of ten years in prison, and a maximum potential penalty of life in prison as well as a fine not to exceed $10,000,000.

The Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation leading to the charges in this case.

Assistant United States Attorney Rebecca L. Silinski is prosecuting this case for the government.

The details contained in the criminal complaint are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated September 20, 2020

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