Police: York City 2-year-old held bags of cocaine

John Joyce
  • York City police say a 2-year-old girl held several bags of cocaine as her uncle denied having drugs.
  • A handgun reported stolen 32 years ago in another county was recovered in York City last week.
  • Two men who share very similar names and an apartment now share drug charges after police searched their home.

While serving two search warrants during an ongoing drug investigation last week, York City police officers arrested a man who admitted that several plastic bags of cocaine police found in the hands of his 2-year-old niece were his, according to court documents.

A second man at the scene was arrested after he was found to be in possession of handgun reported stolen 32 years ago.

A total of four arrests were made, and two additional handguns were recovered as a result of two search warrants executed Wednesday and Thursday. Several thousand dollars worth of heroin and cocaine also were  taken off the street, according to a news release.

The York City Police Department's narcotics unit and nuisance abatement division executed the search warrants, first on South Queen Street, then a day later on South Duke.

First case: The first incident took place about 6:15 a.m. Wednesday at an apartment located at 224 S, Queen St. According to charging documents, narcotics officers arrested Junior Adrian Feliciano-Viera, 27, and Junior Mitchell Feliciano-Viera, 29, in the backyard of their shared residence. During a search of their second- and third-floor apartment, officers recovered two Glock .40-caliber handguns, $6,560 in heroin, $1,480 in cocaine and $1,511 in cash.

Junior Adrian Feliciano-Viera
Junior Mitchell Feliciano-Viera

According to the documents, the heroin was broken down and packaged into 328 Glassine bags, and the cocaine was packaged in 37 small clear plastic Ziploc bags. The drugs were discovered in a common room accessible to both defendants, and field tests applied to both substances came back positive.

Officers also recovered several cellphones, additional packaging materials and ammunition.

Both Feliciano-Vieras are charged with two counts each of possession with intent to deliver heroin and cocaine and conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver heroin and cocaine. Both men were placed in the York County Prison under $75,000 bonds. According to court records, Junior Adrian Feliciano-Viera was able to post bail, but Junior Mitchell Feliciano-Viera was not.

Both men are scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. July 20.

Second case: In the second incident, nuisance abatement division officers stopped two men at 6:15 a.m. Thursday in the 200 block of South Duke Street. Marcus Pitts, 25, of 336 S. Queen St., was found to have a .32-caliber H&R handgun reported stolen to the Castle Shannon Police Department in Allegheny County in 1984. Pitts is charged with possession of a firearm without a license and receiving stolen property, according to the documents.

The second man, Lanaire Wright, 24, 224 S. Duke St., first denied having any drugs, according to the charging documents. But while police were talking to him in the front room on the first floor of his apartment, they noticed a 2-year-old girl Wright identified as his niece holding in her hands several little Ziploc bags of cocaine. Police immediately took the  bags away from the young girl, and Wright admitted the drugs were his, according to the documents.

Marcus Pitts

Pitts is being held in York County Prison in lieu of $40,000 bail. Wright, charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine and endangering the welfare of a child, is being held under a $50,000 bond. Both men are scheduled for preliminary hearings Aug. 8.

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