April 16, 2013
Arrests made in alleged heroin ring
HARRISBURG - Narcotics agents from the Attorney General's Office today arrested three Lancaster County residents. The three are accused of importing and distributing thousands of dollars' worth of heroin in Lancaster, Berks, and Philadelphia counties.
Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said the arrests are the result of an ongoing investigation into the trafficking of heroin from Philadelphia and Reading to the Lancaster area. The investigation focused on the activities of Elber Quinones, Joel Guisbert and Jennifer Galarza.
Investigators say Galarza has been a significant source of the heroin sold in Lancaster County. Over the course of the investigation, agents arranged a series of controlled purchases from Galarza for more than 55 grams of heroin with an estimated street value of $30,000.
According to the criminal complaint, Elber Quinones travelled to Reading and Philadelphia with Galarza in order to buy heroin, which was later sold on the streets of Lancaster County.
Kane noted that this is part of a continuing investigation and additional arrests are anticipated.
Kane thanked the East Lampeter Township Police Department, Lancaster County Drug Task Force, and the Lancaster County Probation Department for their assistance with this investigation.
The defendants were preliminarily arraigned before Lancaster Magisterial District Judge Richard Simms. They will be prosecuted in Lancaster County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Heather Adams of the Attorney General?s Drug Strike Force Section.
Below is a complete list of the defendants and the charges against them.
--Jennifer Galarza, 35, 25 Hager St., Lancaster, is charged with seven counts of delivery of heroin and one count of criminal conspiracy.
--Elber Quinones, 36, 230 W. Vine St., Lancaster, is charged with five counts of delivery of heroin and one count of criminal conspiracy.
--Joel Guisbert, 33, 315 Miller St., Strasburg, Lancaster County, is charged with two counts of delivery of heroin and one count of criminal conspiracy.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
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