City man traded drugs for stolen.
The items that Mario Garcia-Ruiz would collect were stolen. And instead of cash, Garcia-Ruiz would pay off his customers in heroin, a Lancaster County,Pennsylvania Drug Task Force spokesman said.
On Friday morning the Task Force moved against Garcia-Ruiz, 58, of 238 S. Queen St., who needs $1 million cash to get bailed out of Lancaster County,Pennsylvania Prison.
Detectives showed up at the South Queen,Pennsylvania home at 7:20 a.m. with a search warrant. When Garcia-Ruiz refused to answer the door, the detectives forcibly entered the residence, the spokesman said.
Garcia-Ruiz was in a third-floor bedroom where, police said, he was seen throwing "bricks" of heroin out of a window.
Detectives retrieved two bricks on the sidewalk Each brick contained 10 bundles of heroin, and there were 12 packets of heroin in each bundle.
Two more bundles of heroin and a digital scale were found during a search of the bedroom, the Task Force spokesman said.
Total value of the heroin seized exceeded $2,500, police said.
Along with the heroin, police confiscated $21,000 cash and a 2001 Dodge vehicle.
Also in the Garcia-Ruiz home, police found several thousand dollars worth of suspected stolen property that included televisions, Wii sports games, surveillance cameras, tool sets, Coleman coolers, numerous watches, and designer sunglasses, the spokesman said.
Detectives had been watching Garcia-Ruiz and his activities for two to three months, the spokesman said.
"He was exchanging stolen property for heroin," the spokesman said.
Most of the alleged transactions occurred on the street outside Garcia-Ruiz's home or on his porch, the spokesman said.
On Thursday, a surveillance team observed one of the transactions. Garcia-Ruiz accepted two coolers in exchange for heroin, the spokesman said. The coolers allegedly had been shoplifted.
Garcia-Ruiz was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia after his arrest on Friday. District Judge Bruce A. Roth set bail at $1 million cash, which he could not post.