2 charged after police seize over $3K in heroin

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – Two people are behind bars after investigators raided their Lancaster apartment and found over $3,000 worth of heroin.

Franklyn Thomas, 27, and Stephanie Rivera, 24, were each charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and endangering the welfare of a child.

Police issued a search warrant Friday at their apartment on Orange Street. The warrant stemmed from a four-month investigation led by state police. During the investigation, undercover officers made several purchases of heroin from Thomas.

Thomas was arrested as he walked out of his apartment that Friday.

Officers made contact with Rivera inside the apartment. A dinner plate on the kitchen counter with loose heroin powder and a razor blade was spotted. The heroin powder was next to food as well as children’s cups and bottles. Marijuana was also observed in plain view on the breakfast counter.

A one and half year-old child, who was in the apartment at the time, was given to a family member while Rivera was taken into custody.

In total, officers seized 180 bags of heroin, estimated at a street value of $1,800. Police also seized 3.39 grams of bulk heroin, estimated at a street value of $1,700. Drug paraphernalia and over $3,000 in cash were also found.

The apartment has been condemned by Lancaster City Housing.

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