Man Still Wanted After Lancaster County Drug Bust; Task Force Confiscates Drugs, Firearms, and $86,000

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LANCASTER, PA — The Lancaster County Drug Task Force discovered and confiscated multiple drugs, firearms, and over $86,000 from a Lancaster city home as a result of an investigation that began on June 2, 2022.

Christopher Alvelo, age 30, of the 500 block of E. Orange Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania faces charges of possession with intent to deliver, aggravated assault on police, conspiracy, prohibited possession of a firearm, receiving stolen property, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Alvelo escaped arrest and is still wanted.

Destiny Medina, age 28, of the 500 block of E. Orange Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania faces charges of receiving stolen property, conspiracy, possession with intent to deliver, tampering with physical evidence, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On June 2, 2022, members of the Drug Task Force began an investigation involving Alvelo and the distribution of crack cocaine. Undercover investigators made multiple purchases totaling 12.6 grams of crack cocaine from Alvelo; Medina, his girlfriend, was with him during these deliveries.

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On July 14, 2022, detectives, along with the assistance of Lancaster City Bureau of Police, attempted to arrest Alvelo and execute search and seizure warrants at his Orange Street residence and two of his known vehicles. At approximately 10:55 a.m., Alvelo was observed leaving his apartment and approaching his vehicle, a Ford Taurus. The Drug Task Force moved toward the Taurus in an unmarked police vehicle and Alvelo immediately fled, striking the police vehicle, and escaping.

At 11:08 a.m., police executed a search and seizure warrant for Alvelo’s residence. Medina was found flushing drugs down the toilet and was taken into custody.

Medina was eventually released on $75,000 unsecured bail set by Magisterial District Judge Andrew LeFever.

In total, the Drug Task Force confiscated 68.92 grams of cocaine, 268 fentanyl pills, 16 suboxone strips, $86,414.00 in U.S. currency, a Glock 9mm handgun that was altered to make it fully automatic, a Taurus 9mm handgun, and various paraphernalia. The street value of the drugs seized was approximately $20,000.

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Any information on Alvelo’s whereabouts can be reported to Lancaster County Detectives at 717-299-8100 and tips can be submitted here.

Information is subject to change at any time as additional details may emerge. 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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