Norristown Police announced the arrest of 34-year old Suleyka Santiago on charges related to drug trafficking, and having her daughters sell drugs on her behalf.
According to WFMZ 69 News, the investigation into Santiago’s activities began after a confidential informant (CI) told detectives from the Montgomery County Detectives Narcotics Enforcement Team and Norristown Police, that Santiago had taken over the drug operations of her boyfriend, Kenneth Scott of Norristown. According to a police report, Scott was arrested back in October on Possession with intent to deliver and related charges. He was charged with selling Oxycodone pills that were laced with Fentanyl. He’s been held at the Montgomery County Jail since October, unable to make the $100,000 bond he’s being held on.
The CI allegedly contacted Santiago by cell phone to arrange the delivery and purchase of 30 mg Oxycodone pills. The CI had been provided cash from the police Department prior to the meeting with Santiago. Police followed the CI to meet Santiago. Cops watched as Santiago parked her car in front of a business establishment and ordered the CI to get inside of the car. Inside of the vehicle, Santiago’s 12 and 14-year old daughters handled the business. One girl collected the money, and the other handed the CI the pills. Santiago was inside of the business establishment at the time. Police said the pills purchased from Santiago on that day are in the lab having tests ran on them because police suspect the Oxy pills Santiago sold the CI were fakes.
Police say multiple CI’s purchased drugs from Santiago during their investigation of her. Santiago was arraigned on July 1st. Bail was set at $100,000 cash. Santiago’s lawyer managed to get her another bail hearing for July 2nd. The very next day. This time the judge was a little nicer to Santiago. He reduced her bail amount from $100,000 to $10,000, he also changed the terms of Santiago’s bail from cash only, to unsecured. Santiago was released on her own recognizance. No word yet on her next court appearance.