York City Police said they seized nearly $15,000 worth of heroin Thursday when they raided a convicted drug dealer’s home.
York City Police said they seized nearly $15,000 worth of heroin Thursday when they raided a convicted drug dealer's home. (Submitted)

When York City Police raided an accused heroin dealer's home Thursday, he initially decided to take a powder through a third-floor window — despite wearing nothing but boxer shorts, police said.

"He was in his underwear with no shoes on and no shirt," city Detective First Class Andrew Shaffer said. "He had both legs out the window."

But Jose Elias decided not to jump to a second-floor roof after getting a look at what awaited him on the ground.

"Luckily, we had officers positioned outside," Shaffer said. "He made the choice not to jump."

Elias, 29, who was renting part of a home at 747 S. Queen St., is now in York County Prison on $10,000 bail, charged with heroin possession with intent to deliver. He also is being held for violating his state parole, according to prison records.

Jose Elias
Jose Elias

Convicted dealer: Elias is on state parole for a drug-dealing conviction, Shaffer confirmed.

Armed with a search warrant, officers from the city's nuisance-abatement, narcotics and neighborhood units seized $932 cash and 748 bags of heroin with a street value of nearly $15,000, the detective said.

Shaffer described Elias as a mid-level heroin dealer who bought heroin in bulk from another central Pennsylvania city to sell in York.

"On a weekly basis he was getting 800 to 1,000 bags of heroin, and selling them in a week's time," he said. "He was selling bundles at a time."

Shaffer said a confidential informant told York City Officer William Wentz about Elias' alleged drug operation.


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"Officer Wentz probably spend a day and a half on it," Shaffer said. "He got enough information and did enough surveillance and research that we didn't need to do (undercover) buys."

'Easy' arrest: All officers had to do was obtain a search warrant, according to the detective.

"This was one of the easiest busts we've ever had," Shaffer said.

After making the decision not to jump, Elias was police and respectful to officers and admitted the drugs were his, according to Shaffer.

"The people who live there had no knowledge of his involvement in drugs, and they were just mortified," he said.

It is unclear if Elias has retained an attorney.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.