Drug Arrests 3/3/16

4 March 2016 by Todd Umstead

SUBJECT ARRESTED:     ALVAREZ, Medwin 51-year-old male

                                    461 E. Strawberry St., Lancaster, PA 

Charged With: Possession With Intent to Deliver Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Substance.


On March 3, 2016 at approximately 5:15 PM, members of the Lancaster City Bureau of Police Selective Enforcement Unit (SEU), assisted by the Street Operations Group (SOG), served a narcotics search warrant at 461 E. Strawberry St. Based on numerous citizen complaints of drug activity occurring at the address, and from observations of several police officers, members from SEU conducted several surveillances at the address and participated in controlled purchases of narcotics from inside the home. A suspect was identified and a search warrant was obtained to search the home for narcotics. During the search of the home officers located packaging material consistent with previous purchases, a small amount of marijuana, a small amount of synthetic marijuana and paraphernalia used to ingest marijuana and crack cocaine. The home was condemned by a Lancaster City Housing Inspector as unfit for human habitation.

While Alvarez was being transported to the police station for booking he attempted to discard seven bags of heroin in the seatbelt catch of the rear seat of the police cruiser. Observant transport officers noticed what Alvarez had attempted to accomplish and recovered the heroin.

During the course of the ongoing investigation SEU officers also charged:


22-year-old female with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.


RIVERA, Christen

20-year-old female with Possession of synthetic marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.



28-year-old female with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.


This specific address was the epicenter for drug activity occurring within the neighborhood for several months which also adversely affected the neighborhoods surrounding it. The Bureau's Selective Enforcement Unit is committed to locating and removing drug locations in an effort to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors of Lancaster city alike.

****The Bureau of Police is respectfully requesting that the media limit what is published to that which is on this news release and should the media become aware of any additional information, particularly the names of any witnesses or Lancaster residents in this case, it is requested that they refrain from publishing that information so as not to jeopardize the safety of anyone nor this ongoing investigation.****

All persons accused of a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in court.