Lancaster County Drug Task Force Seize Over 900 Fentanyl Pills and Child Pornography

Martin Alvarado Jr.Martin Alvarado Jr. /Submitted Image

LANCASTER, PA — The Lancaster County Drug Task Force, with the assistance of the East Hempfield Police Department, arrested a man on May 30 in possession of nearly a thousand fentanyl pills, an illegal firearm, and over a hundred child pornography videos and images.

Martin Alvarado Jr., 33 of the 600 block of W. Walnut Street, was charged with possession with intent to deliver fentanyl, person not to possess a firearm, five counts of sexual abuse of children – child pornography, and two counts of criminal use of a communication facility.

Members of the Drug Task Force received information from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that Alvarado Jr. was utilizing a storage locker located in the 1500 block of Cloister Dr., Lancaster, to store a large amount of fentanyl pills.

The Drug Task Force and East Hempfield Police conducted a K-9 sniff on May 18 at the storage unit with a positive reaction for the presence of illegal narcotics. A subsequent search warrant was obtained for the unit which revealed 985.5 fentanyl pills, drug paraphernalia, and a Savage .22-caliber rifle.

The approximate street value of the fentanyl pills totaled over $29,000. Alvarado Jr. was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to convictions of felony distribution of marijuana charge in New Mexico in 2012 and a felony violation of Federal Statute; transporting, bringing in and harboring, and smuggling aliens in 2014 brought forth by the United States Customs and Border Patrol.

Alvarado Jr. confessed to the possession of the drugs and gun and gave written consent for his cellular data to be viewed after a second search warrant was executed at his residence. The Lancaster County Digital Forensics Unit extracted information for the ongoing narcotics investigation and discovered Alvarado Jr.’s phone contained hundreds of videos and photos depicting child pornography.

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Charges were approved by Assistant District Attorneys Janie Swinehart and Elizabeth Rall. Alvarado Jr. remains in Lancaster County Prison awaiting his preliminary hearing.

Information, a criminal complaint, or an arrest is not a declaration of guilt. A suspect, arrestee, or defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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