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Man charged with selling drugs from half-way house in Lancaster

Updated: Thursday, January 9 2014, 09:58 PM CST
Posted by: Lauren Gross

LANCASTER -- On Jan. 8, Lancaster County Drug Task Force Detectives executed a search warrant at Room #1 on the second floor 229 Hazel St., Lancaster.

The address is a multi-room facility owned by SACA and operated as an addiction recovery house for adult male drug addicts. The execution of the search warrant was the culmination of a month-long investigation of one individual, Carlos Rafael Almestica-Serrano, 46, for selling heroin from the location.

Almestica-Serrano was located in the room at the time the search warrant was executed. Also located in the room were two bags containing approximately 57 grams, or about two ounces, of bulk heroin in each, for a total of 114 grams.

The bags of heroin were found in a container of rice that was inside a brown paper bag in Almestica-Serrano’s room. Three additional bags containing small amounts of heroin, approximately one gram each, were found in a dresser drawer. A digital gram scale, commonly used in the drug trade, was located hidden in Almestica-Serrano’s coat sleeve.

The heroin seized as a result of the search warrant has an approximate street value of $30,000.

Almestica-Serrano was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia and committed to Lancaster County Prison in lieu default of $250,000 cash bail.
Man charged with selling drugs from half-way house in Lancaster


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