Police bust alleged major heroin dealer

Sean Philip Cotter

A two-month investigation culminated in the Tuesday morning arrest of a man York City Police say has been bringing more than $20,000 worth of heroin into York City every week.

Ramon Luis Torres
Police confiscated $25,000 in heroin from a man they say has been bringing major shipments of heroin into York City every week.

Ramon Luis Torres, 64, of 401 W. Market St., Apt. 3, was making weekly trips to Philadelphia, where he'd acquire the drugs and bring them back to the York area to sell, police allege.

The city's narcotics unit arrested Torres on Tuesday, when they suspected he was making such a trip, according to the release. And they were right, they said — officers confiscated 1,257 bags of heroin, worth about $25,000, when they found him.

The city's detectives and nuisance abatement unit assisted in the investigation, which had been targeting Torres for a couple of months; police say he has been a "large-quantity heroin dealer" in the area.

York City Police Detective Scott Nadzom filed three sets of charges Tuesday, relating to several alleged drug crimes over the past few weeks. One set pertains to an incident that police say happened shortly after 11 a.m. Dec. 30. At that time, Torres sold a confidential police informant some heroin, charging documents state. For that, he's charged with one felony count of possession with intent to deliver.

Then, he and a woman, Yahaira Marquez-Rivera, 33, also of York City, are accused of selling more heroin to another confidential informant on Jan. 8, documents state. They're both charged with a felony count each of possession with intent to deliver and selling drugs in connection with that incident, documents state.

Yahaira Marquez-Rivera

Shortly after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, officers arrested both of them after stopping them in a car in the 400 block of West Market Street, documents state. Police said he told them he doesn't do any drugs besides pot, but they found the 1,200-plus bags of heroin in the car, which Marquez-Rivera was driving, police allege. For this, both are charged with another felony count each of selling drugs and possession with the intent to deliver, documents state.

Torres remains in York County Prison on $265,000 bail, and Marquez-Rivera is free on $50,000 unsecured bail, according to online court records.

— Reach Sean Cotter