Lancaster couple arrested for dealing heroin, child endangerment

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A couple faces child endangerment and drug charges after police said they found about $3,500 worth of heroin in a city home.

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

Police said they searched an apartment in the 700 block of East Orange Street last week after undercover officers made several heroin purchases from Thomas during a four-month investigation.

The officers said they found about $1,800 worth of packaged heroin, about $1,700 worth of bulk heroin, more than $3,000 in cash, and drug packaging materials in the apartment.

A dinner plate on the kitchen counter had a razor blade and loose heroin powder that was next to food and children’s cups and bottles. Marijuana was in plain view on the breakfast counter, and bags with heroin residue were found in a room that also contained several children’s toys, police said.

A one-and-half-year-old child who was in the apartment given to a family member while Rivera was arrested.

The apartment was condemned by Lancaster City Housing.

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