Two men arrested, heroin, $34K cash seized in Lancaster

Detectives with the Lancaster County Drug Task Force have arrested two men on drug charges.

Martin Ortiz
Martin Ortiz
Luis Antonio Aponte-Ortiz
Luis Antonio Aponte-Ortiz

On May 28, detectives pulled over a vehicle at the intersection of Route 30 and Route 41 in Gap, with a search warrant for the driver, 37-year-old Martin Ortiz of Lancaster and his vehicle.

Officers suspected the driver and his passenger, Luis Antonio Aponte-Ortiz, were returning from Philadelphia with a significant amount of heroin.

Detectives found a plastic grocery bag of heroin containing 21 “bricks” of suspected heroin behind the driver’s seat and arrested both Ortiz and Aponte-Ortiz.

After the arrest, detectives searched Ortiz’s residence and found seven additional “bricks” and $34,600 cash under a bedroom mattress, which Ortiz reportedly admitted was proceeds from heroin sales.

According to a news release, the street value of the heroin is approximately $40,000.

Both men were charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin and criminal conspiracy. They were both committed to Lancaster County Prison on default of cash bail.

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