Lebanon man, son accused of selling $1.6M in heroin, cocaine

LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) – Police have arrested a city man, his son, and nine people who allegedly helped them sell more than $1.6 million in heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine during the past year.

According to a criminal complaint filed by the Lebanon County Drug Task Force, 46-year-old Julio Aviles headed an illegal drug organization responsible for thousands of drug deals and his son, 21-year-old Julio Aviles Jr., supervised drug packaging operations in a garage at 513 Arnold Street in his father’s absence.

Police said they searched the garage and found 400 grams of bulk heroin valued at more than $500,000, about 90 grams of cocaine, 70 grams of crack cocaine and packaging materials.

Officers also seized three handguns, 10 rifles and six shotguns. Most of the guns had been reported as stolen, police said.

Aviles told investigators he paid his workers $500 a week to package heroin, which was mixed with oxycodone, Xanax and morphine. He said people selling the heroin were paying $40 for a 10-bag bundle and reselling the drugs for $60 to $100 per bundle or more, the complaint states.

He and his son each face charges of racketeering, money laundering, conspiracy, and possession with the intent to deliver. Aviles was jailed in Lebanon County Prison on $1.5 million bail and is son was committed on $1 million bail.

 

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