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Posted on: April 5, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Lancaster City Raid Uncovers 800 Heroin Bags, Guns, Armor, $10K


A Lancaster couple was arrested after a recent raid at their city home uncovered hundreds of bags of heroin, assault rifles, ammunition, heavy body armor, and $10,000 cash.

Lancaster County Drug Task Force detectives searched the home in the 1100 block of Fremont Street after an investigation showed illegal drug activity.

Charged with felony drug dealing and misdemeanor paraphernalia possession are: Joel Plata-Cabrera and Rosa Pichardo-Bueno, both 20.

District Judge Adam Witkonis arraigned the defendants and set bail at $50,000, which both posted.
Preliminary hearings are scheduled for May 24.

Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman, who oversees the Drug Task Force, called the arrests significant in slowing heroin dealing in the county.

“The community must be aware that illegal drug-dealing is not a peaceful commerce,” Stedman said Tuesday. “Dealers are arming up to protect their product and proceeds, and will stop at nothing to protect their cash flow. We found a pair of assault rifles, an armor vest, and a cache of ammunition in this home.”

Detectives found 800 bags of heroin, with an estimated street value of $8,000, at the Fremont Street home.

Detectives also found two assault rifles (and M4 and an SKS), and what they called loads of ammunition. A heavy body armor vest also was located

Drug-packaging supplies and $10,000 also were found at the home.

Plata-Cabrera and Pichardo-Bueno are presumed innocent.

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