The Lancaster County Drug Task Force arrested an upper-level dealer after a lengthy investigation that uncovered nearly a kilogram of cocaine, quantities of heroin and cash, and stolen handguns. Detectives called Jordan Luis Morales’ trafficking an “enterprise,” saying he had connections to Philadelphia, New York and Puerto Rico, and used those connections to distribute cocaine and heroin in the area.
In the recent investigation authorities say numerous storage units and garages were searched, along with Morales’ vehicle and house on Glenwood Avenue in Lancaster. Morales, 55, is at Lancaster County Prison on a state parole detainer, meaning he is not eligible for bail until that matter is addressed. He is charged with 11 offenses – nine of them felonies – regarding seizures of drugs, cash, guns, and dealing supplies in September and October. The Lancaster County District Attorney’s office says more than 800 grams of cocaine were found in multiple locations on multiple dates.
Detectives say they consider Morales to be “the top of the enterprise,” but the investigation continues and additional arrests or charges against Morales are possible.
Authorities say Morales is leader of a multi-million-dollar trafficking operation over recent months, detectives executed dozens of search warrants. Among the seized supplies and paraphernalia, detectives say they found Lidocaine – a common cutting agent for heroin/cocaine – and cling wrap used for packaging large quantities of drugs. Detectives seized three handguns, including two reported stolen in Pennsylvania. Morales is prohibited from possessing firearms due to a 2002 felony conviction.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 18, 2019.
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