Suspected drug dealer charged again after second raid on his Columbia home

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Anthony Torres-Mateo

COLUMBIA, Pa. –  Police raid the Columbia Borough home of a suspected drug dealer for the second time in five months.   Lancaster County Drug Task Force detectives and Columbia Borough officers executed a search warrant on July 2 at 608 Plane Street. The targeted suspect of the investigation, Anthony Torres-Mateo, 38, was known to be selling crack cocaine from the residence.  Police executed a search warrant at the same address just last March and arrested Torres-Mateo on drug charges.

The second search of the home yielded 36 grams of crack cocaine hidden inside two cigarette packs, which were placed in insulation above a drop ceiling in the basement of the home. In addition to the crack cocaine, detectives also seized a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia commonly used in the sale of controlled substances. The street value of the crack cocaine is approximately $1200.00.

Charges against Torres-Mateo include Possession with Intent to Deliver – Heroin, Possession of a Small amount of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Torres-Mateo was committed to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $150,000.00 cash bail.