Suspected overdose death leads to five York County drug arrests

A suspected heroin overdose death led to the arrest of five people by the county's drug task force, according to a news release.

The York County District Attorney's Office said Thursday, Dec. 7, that five people were arrested by the York County Drug Task Force and that a large quantity of cash and drugs were seized during an investigation.

The DA's office oversees the county drug task force.

Officers investigating an overdose on Dec. 5 arrested Lamar Lee Johnson, 30; Brandon Lar-Kent Orr, 25; Shainique Kali Johnson, 23; Luis Enrique Minier, 24; and Javiel Snellings, 24, according to officials.

Kyle King, spokesman for the DA's office, said officials initially targeted Lamar Johnson in the drug investigation and "worked up the chain" to arrest the other four. He said they might be potential suppliers for Johnson.

While the release states that a suspected heroin overdose death led to the drug arrests, neither King nor Springettsbury Township Police were able to say how the five might be related to it.

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Law enforcement officials seized heroin, cocaine, and thousands of dollars during a drug investigation on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. Photo courtesy the York County District Attorney's Office.

Arrests: According to charging documents filed for Lamar Johnson,  police saw him sell heroin to another person in the C-Town parking lot on North Queen Street about 10 a.m. Dec. 5.

About 2 p.m. that day, officials found Orr with 10 grams of suspected heroin at the Turkey Hill on Richland Avenue, police said. Officers then searched his residence in the 200 block of Thackston Lane and found 100 grams of cocaine and about 800 grams of heroin, court documents state.

The drugs were found in a book bag, and police say Shainique Johnson, who lives at the house, said the bag had drugs in it belonging to Minier, documents state. 

Shainique Johnson, Orr's girlfriend, was helping him in his heroin and cocaine operation from the Thackston Lane area, the DA's office said.

What Shainique Johnson said led officials to Minier and Snellings' home in the 300 block of Thackston Lane, police said.

Investigators found half an ounce of cocaine and $26,000 in cash, the release states.

Lamar Johnson, of no fixed address, is charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin. He remains free after posting $50,000 bail.

Orr, Snellings and Minier are charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin and conspiracy to manufacture drugs with intent to deliver.

Orr and Minier are in York County Prison in lieu of $500,000 bail each. Snellings remains free after posting $500,000 bail.

According to online court records, Shainique Johnson, who lives with Orr, was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

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