Four Lancaster County residents are charged with felony drug-dealing after local detectives recently interrupted the transport of 5,000 bags of fentanyl-laced heroin.
The Lancaster County Drug Task Force, with assistance from East Cocalico Township police, stopped a vehicle April 30 on Route 222 at the Denver/Pa. Turnpike exit. Two sisters in the vehicle were transporting the fentanyl-heroin from New Jersey.
The sisters, Xiomara Figueroa, 21, and Kiomara Figueroa, 19, are at Lancaster County Prison on $500,000 bail apiece.
Detectives determined the sisters picked up the drugs for 26-year-old Antonio J. Rivera, who conspired to sell it with his girlfriend, Haydee Gomez, 29.
Rivera and Gomez, of East Main Street, Landisville, are at Lancaster County Prison on $500,000 bail apiece. They were arrested at their home on May 3. Gomez had a gun in her vehicle.
Rivera is also being held by federal and state authorities for probation and parole detainers.
The heroin was branded and packaged in 500 bundles (10 baggies per bundle). To find so many bundles in one Lancaster County seizure is very rare, according to detectives.
The street value of the seized heroin is about $50,000 according to detectives.
Field testing revealed the baggies also contained fentanyl.
“This was no small seizure,” Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said. “Considering this heroin was laced with fentanyl, there is no telling how many lives it could have taken.”
The Task Force had been investigating Rivera and the others for suspected dealing in the area.
All four are charged with felony drug-dealing and conspiracy. Assistant District Attorney Jared Hinsey approved charges.
All four are presumed innocent.
The investigation is ongoing. East Hempfield Township police and state parole also assisted.
(Photo of individuals, clockwise from top left: Rivera, Gomez, Xiomara Figueroa, Kiomara Figueroa.)
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