Over 200 bags of heroin, ancient coins seized in Lancaster drug raid

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – Authorities say over 200 bags of heroin and several valuables, including five ancient coins, were seized during a drug raid last week in Lancaster.

Joessi Abrahante-Torres, 51, has been charged in connection with the May 5 incident at a home in the 300 block of South Queen Street.

Authorities said the raid stemmed from a month-long investigation that included several heroin purchases made by undercover detectives.

Inside Abrahante-Torres’ apartment, detectives found 30 bags of heroin stashed in a children’s shoe. Another 126 bags of heroin were found inside a backpack located in the hallway of the apartment building. An additional 71 bags of heroin were found in a dresser drawer in Abrahante-Torres’ bedroom.

The bags had the same identifying stamp and were all packaged for sale in the same manner, police said.

Five ancient coins, that local experts say were minted during the rule of the Roman Emperor Trajan, were perhaps the most shocking discovery made inside the apartment.

Eight prescription pills and a  small amount of cocaine and marijuana were seized.

Detectives also seized small amounts of prescription pills, cocaine and marijuana. Brass knuckles, a stun gun, large amounts of power tools, women’s jewelry, about 1,000 sports trading cards, and two digital cameras were all found.

Abrahante-Torres was charged in 2010 with felony burglary, prohibiting him from possessing the stun gun.

He was committed to Lancaster County Prison on possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of marijuana, possession of prohibited offensive weapons, and felon not to possess an incapacitation device charges.

Anyone with information regarding ownership of the items is asked to call Lancaster police at 717-735-3455.

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