York City narcotics officers hit the mother lode when they busted an alleged family heroin-trafficking business.
On Tuesday, drug detectives raided the 717 E. Clarke Ave. first-floor apartment of alleged trafficker Tomas DeJesus as well as the 829 W. Princess St. first-floor apartment of his son, Jose DeJesus, according to Detective First Class Andrew Shaffer.
They seized $21,016 in cash and 2,370 bags of heroin -- worth about $47,400 -- from the homes, Shaffer said.
"Our information was that Tomas was bringing in heroin from Philadelphia and selling it, and supplying his son, who would also sell it," he said.
Tomas DeJesus, 61, and Jose DeJesus, 32, are charged with drug-dealing offenses, as is the son's live-in girlfriend, 32-year-old Wilma Hare.
All three sold drugs to undercover officers or informants at both homes, Shaffer said.
Unusual find: He said it's unusual for detectives to find such a large quantity of drugs already packaged for individual sale.
Normally, large amounts of drugs are found packaged in bulk, he said.
Also seized from the father's home was a .380 Smith & Wesson handgun, which was legally registered to his live-in girlfriend, according to Shaffer, who described Tomas DeJesus as the top man in the family business.
"Our information was Tomas was selling 30 to 40 bundles a day," he said.
Normally, there are 10 bags of heroin in a bundle, but Tomas DeJesus was selling bundles that contained 13 or 14 bags, according to Shaffer.
Jose DeJesus was selling one or two bundles a day, the detective said.
2 in jail: He and Hare remain in York County Prison on $50,000 bail each. Tomas DeJesus is free on $30,00 bail, according to court records.
Detective Scott Nadzom headed up the investigation, even working weekends to bust the family drug business, according to Shaffer.
"He put a significant amount of time into this investigation," he said.
Assisting in the raid were York City neighborhood units, state police, Northeastern Regional Police, Springettsbury Township Police, West Manchester Township Police and York Area Regional Police.
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