An eight-month drug investigation by state police and the York County Drug Task Force has led to the seizure of an estimated $1.3 million in heroin and three arrests, according to the York County District Attorney's Office.
Arrested were Junior "Omi" Gonzalez, 36, of 2708 Hunt Club Drive in York Township and Angel "Kiko" Barbosa, 31, and Julie Gonzalez-Morales, 32, both of 483 Salem Ave.
Gonzalez and Barbosa operated J&J Auto Detailing Shop at 390 Chestnut St. in York City, according to chief deputy prosecutor Dave Sunday.
"This is a significant bust," York County District Attorney Tom Kearney said. "They were distributing drugs to many of the people involved in Operation Sunrise.
Operation Sunrise was an 18-month large-scale drug investigation that culminated in February with more than 80 arrests of alleged drug dealers, including a number of alleged dealers who also are members of the Latin Kings street gang.
Moving up the chain: Gonzalez, Barbosa and Gonzalez-Morales were supplying drugs to some of those Latin King dealers, according to Sunday.
"We're focusing on moving higher up the supply chain," Kearney said.
Sunday said he expects more arrests based on the eight-month investigation into the J&J Auto owners, including arrests of people who move the drugs. They are known as drug mules.
On Wednesday, police simultaneously raided the auto shop as well as the homes of the trio, who'd been under investigation since February, according to the district attorney's office.
Seized: At the home of Barbosa and Gonzalez-Morales, police seized unpackaged bulk heroin, tens of thousands of bags used to package heroin, cash and drug-dealing paraphernalia including screens, grinders and electric scales, officials said.
Police also found more than $10,000 worth of marijuana inside the Salem Avenue home, Kearney said.
Seized from J&J Auto Detailing Shop were cash, records and 13 vehicles associated with the business.
Cash and records also were collected from Gonzalez's home on Hunt Club Drive, the district attorney's office said.
Total cash seized was about $12,000, according to the district attorney's office, which said it estimates the street value of the seized heroin to be $1.3 million.
Sunday said in all, about 200 grams of raw, uncut heroin was seized, which he said can be turned into "well over 65,000 'hits' of heroin."
No weapons were found at any of the three raid locations, Sunday said.
Two in jail: Gonzalez is in York County Prison on a total of $125,000 bail, charged with two counts of drug-dealing and one count of conspiracy.
Barbosa is in county prison on $75,000 bail, charged with the same offenses.
Both men have state parole-violation detainers filed against them, according to prison records. That means they can't be released even if they post bail.
Gonzalez-Morales is free on $50,000 bail, also charged with two counts of drug-dealing and one count of conspiracy, records state.
Assisting state police and the county drug task force were members of the FBI Capitol City Safe Streets Task Force.
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