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One of three alleged drug dealers threw 450 bags of heroin from a Manchester Township motel-room window when police showed up to bust them last week, but it was quickly seized by an officer who was strategically stationed below the window, officials said.

Members of the York County Drug Task Force seized an estimated $23,000 worth of heroin, plus drug-dealing paraphernalia and $2,300 cash, during Thursday's raid, according to Kyle King, spokesman for the York County District Attorney's Office.

It happened about 2:40 p.m. in room 303 of the Super 8 motel at 40 Arsenal Road, where police arrested Terrell D. Garland, De'Andre Gaskins and Eduardo Fernandez, charging documents state.

It was Gaskins who tossed heroin out the motel-room window, documents allege, and Garland was the primary target of the probe.

Six-week probe: The arrests came at the conclusion of a six-week investigation into heroin sales in the Spring Grove and greater York areas, according to King.

Undercover task-force officers bought heroin from all three men during the investigation, King said in a press release.

Authorities raided the motel room on Thursday after determining all three men were there together, King wrote.

As many as 20 or 30 people a day would visit the room to buy heroin, according to the news release, and many were from the Spring Grove area.

Garland, 23, of no fixed address; Gaskins, 19, of 410 Lakeview Drive in Jackson Township; and Fernandez, 20, of 25 E. Third Ave. in Spring Grove; all are charged with heroin-dealing offenses and criminal conspiracy, according to King.

All three were taken to York County Prison in lieu of bail, according to prison records.

Northern York County Regional Police worked with the county drug task force during the investigation, and Southwestern Regional Police also assisted, the news release states.

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

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