Police: York City heroin dealer 'a defeated man'

Liz Evans Scolforo

An accused heroin dealer could not have been more obliging to York City's narcotics squad when he was arrested at his home Wednesday with a stolen handgun and hundreds of bags of the deadly opioid, according to Detective First Class Andrew Shaffer.

"He was a defeated man," Shaffer said. "He was a gentleman, but he really didn't have that much to say."

York City's narcotics squad said they seized $5,800 in heroin and this stolen handgun from Rodney Hollabaugh on Nov. 9, 2016.
(Photo courtesy of York City Police)

Rodney Dean Hollabaugh, 60, of 164 S. Pine St. first floor, is in York County Prison on $15,000 bail but can't be released because he's also being held on a state parole violation detainer, according to prison records.

He is charged with heroin possession with intent to deliver, being a felon in illegal firearm possession and receiving stolen property.

Shaffer said Hollabaugh is a convicted felon who is looking at substantial prison time for allegedly violating his state parole.

Stolen handgun: Seized from his home were $5,800 worth of heroin, drug paraphernalia and a .22-caliber Walther handgun, according to the detective. The handgun was reported stolen from Oregon, he said, and authorities there will be notified that the gun has been recovered.

Shaffer said confidential informants working for the city narcotics squad made multiple heroin buys from Hollabaugh over a two-week period.

Hollabaugh did not try to resist or flee, the detective said.

"We knocked on the door, he opened the door for us and we took him into custody," Shaffer said. "No drama."

Rodney Hollabaugh

He said he and fellow vice detectives prefer "as mundane and as boring an entry as possible" when raiding drug houses, but that not all dealers oblige.

Second arrest: Also arrested in the home was Kelly Lotz, 48, of North Baltimore Avenue in Mount Holly Springs, Cumberland County.

She was found to be in possession of heroin-related drug paraphernalia and a crack-cocaine pipe, and was subsequently charged with possession of paraphernalia, according to Shaffer.

"She's a user who was looking for a place to rest her head," Shaffer said.

Assisting in the bust was the city's Nuisance Abatement Unit.

It was unclear Friday whether Hollabaugh has retained an attorney.

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