A Thursday afternoon traffic stop in Lancaster city led to a large heroin seizure and three arrests, including the suspected dealer.
Alexander Torres-Melendez, of Lititz, is charged with felony drug-dealing and misdemeanor possession regarding the 5 p.m. vehicle stop in the 400 block of East King Street.
Friday morning, District Judge William Benner arraigned Torres-Melendez, 37, and set bail at $250,000, which hasn’t been posted.
The Lancaster city police Selective Enforcement Unit found 26 grams of heroin in a vehicle Torres-Melendez was riding in. Two women in the vehicle were taken into custody on bench warrants.
The heroin has an estimated street value of $2,300.
Police initially pulled over a Dodge SUV for a stop-sign violation when they discovered the driver didn’t have a valid license.
Police noticed paraphernalia and a quantity of heroin in view inside the vehicle.
As police conducted a pat-down of Torres-Melendez for weapons, they felt a metal object in his pants. It was a tin with more than 24 grams of bulk heroin and green wax-paper sleeves with heroin. The drugs were stored in rice inside the tin.
Assistant District Attorney Maria Cusick approved the filing of charges.
Torres-Melendez, of Middle Creek Road, is presumed innocent.
The women, Jennifer Simmons and Kim Burgess, were taken into custody for the warrants.
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