York City Police arrested two alleged drug dealers this week.

On Tuesday, the department's narcotics unit raided Chop Shop Barber Shop at 522 S. Queen St., first floor and seized $920 in heroin, $500 in cocaine and $120 cash, according to city Detective First Class Andrew Shaffer.

More than one undercover drug buy was made at the barbershop within 72 hours of the raid occurring, he said.

Police arrested Jesus Loarte, 23, of 301 E. Jackson St., who is charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin.

He is an employee of the shop, Shaffer said.

A second employee also was arrested during the raid and charged with simple possession of a cocaine. Even though he had about $500 worth of coke in his possession, police did not have the evidence to prove it was for anything but personal use, Shaffer said.

The owner of the barbershop was not arrested, and Shaffer said detectives have no information that the owner was involved in the alleged drug sales.

On Wednesday, the narcotics unit -- armed with an arrest warrant -- raided the home of Brandon Dawson, 29, on the second floor of 314 W. Cottage Place.

They seized $1,100 in marijuana, $300 in heroin, $200 in MDMA (known as ecstasy or molly) and a stolen Colt .45-caliber handgun, Shaffer said.

Dawson is charged with possession with intent to deliver drugs, being a felon in illegal possession of a firearm and receiving stolen property, Shaffer said.


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Assisting in the raid and arrest were the city's Nuisance Abatement Unit and the York County Quick Response Team.

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