Authorities seize $1.2 million in cocaine from York drug investigation

York City Police seized more than $1 million in cocaine and arrested eight people during a six month-long joint drug investigation, according to a release from the department.

York City Police and Harrisburg Drug Enforcement Agency worked together on "Operation Low Key" to bring in and federally charge eight people, six of whom are from York County.

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During the investigation — which involved controlled buys, surveillance and interviews — police seized 29 pounds of cocaine, a large quantity of heroin, marijuana and $355,000 in cash, according to police.

Police say more than $1 Million dollars worth of cocaine was seized during a drug investigation. Photo courtesy York City Police.

The cocaine is estimated at $1.2 million in street value, the release states.

Yorkers Juan "Charlie" Rivera Marrero, 55; Jean "Jon" Carlos Torres-Santiago, 31; Ramon "Chi Chi" Puig Rodriguez, 25; Henry "Gordo" Delgado, 54; Charlie Abdiel Cruz Velez, 26; and Luis "Junkito" Daniel Baez 35; along with Angel Santiago Torres, 28, of Bethlehem, and Cheyenne "Charlie" Torres Santiago, 26, of Puerto Rico, are all indicated on conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

According to their indictment, federal authorities are seeking $1 million from the eight should they be found guilty.

Police say money from some of the defendants' bank accounts should be seized, including about $292,000 from various different bank accounts of Marrero.

York City Police say they searched nine separate locations in York City during the investigation.

The US Marshals Service, state police, York County Sheriff's Department, the Internal Revenue Service, and the U.S. Postal Service assisted in the investigation.

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