York Police: Fugitive dealer in fatal OD case captured with gun, drugs, cash

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
York City Police said they seized cash, a gun and drugs from alleged heroin dealer Jalaun Moore when they captured the fugitive on July 24, 2019.

Police said they seized cash, a gun and cocaine when they captured an alleged drug dealer on the run from charges he sold a fatal dose of heroin.

The U.S. Marshals Service's fugitive task force, along with York City Police, arrested Jalaun Moore, 22, of Conewago Township, in a home in the 100 block of North Penn Street in the city on Wednesday, July 24, according to police.

Moore, known as "J-Rock," had been on the run since October, when Northern York County Regional Police filed charges against him of drug delivery resulting in death, drug dealing and conspiracy to commit both offenses.

He is one of three people charged in the Nov. 23, 2017, overdose death of Kevin "Boston" Scavitti, 39, of Hanover.

During Moore's arrest, police found and seized from Moore $4,836 cash, a Smith & Wesson handgun and a "substantial amount of cocaine," police said in a news release.

Moore is a convicted felon, police said, meaning he is prohibited by law from owning or even handling firearms.

He was arraigned at the county's central booking unit on the fatal-overdose case, and on-duty District Judge Keith Albright denied Moore bail, according to court records.

Based on the contraband police said they seized, new charges of drug dealing and being a convicted felon in illegal possession of a firearm were filed against Moore. In that case, Albright set bail at $75,000.

Jalaun Moore

Two others charged: Also charged with drug delivery resulting in death and related offenses in Scavitti's death are Jennifer Rose Toomey, 31, of Spring Grove, and Phillip Lee Seidel, 46, of Jackson Township.

Northern Regional Police have said Toomey, accompanied by Scavitti and Seidel, bought the drugs from Moore and shared them with the men and that Seidel didn't call 911 when Scavitti overdosed.

Scavitti was found lying next to a car in Chesapeake Estates  on Nov. 23, 2017, police said; an autopsy determined he died of opioid toxicity.

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Seidel previously told investigators he drove to his home in Chesapeake Estates after Scavitti started to overdose, where Seidel had the opioid antidote Narcan, court documents state. The Narcan failed to revive Scavitti, Seidel alllegedly told police.

Seidel then left Scavitti near the mailbox area of the mobile-home park in below-freezing temperatures, police allege.

Police allege Toomey broke Scavitti's phone and told Seidel not to call 911 because she already had criminal charges against her.

— Reach senior crime reporter Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.