Lancaster man arrested in $45K heroin bust

Cesar Bastardo-Rosario (submitted)

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A Lancaster man was arrested on felony drug-dealing charges after authorities said they found $45,000 in heroin at his home.

Cesar Bastardo-Rosario, 26, is accused of dealing heroin in the city and around Lancaster County.

Lancaster County Drug Task Force detectives said they found 157 grams of heroin, 119 grams of a cutting agent, and drug-packaging supplies during the July 11 raid in the first block of West Strawberry Street.

“For Lancaster County, that’s pretty upper-level, mid- to upper-level,” said Brett Hambright, a spokesman for the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office. “It was definitely a good catch for us.”

The detectives also found $26,155 in cash and a record of who owed Bastardo-Rosario money, Hambright said.

“We found what we think could help boost this investigation even further along as far as information regarding possible other individuals we want to talk to, perhaps investigate,” he said.

That bust combined with the arrest of Angel Galarza, another suspected upper-level dealer, earlier this month has detectives searching for their next move.

“We’re seeing a lot of fill-in dealers,” Hambright said. “One goes off the block and another tries to come up and sort of take over that business.”

Bastardo-Rosario was sent to Lancaster County Prison on $250,000 bail.

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