Two Harrisburg residents accused of dealing heroin will spend Christmas in Cumberland County Prison following their arrests Tuesday on drug charges in Enola, East Pennsboro Township.
Police said Michelle Cruz, 34, and Amel S. Dejesus-Irrizary, 22, sold six bags of heroin to an undercover detective from the Cumberland County Drug Task Force in an arranged buy operation. The two met the undercover detective Monday night in the parking lot of the Dunkin Donuts in the 400 block of North Enola Road to make the transaction.
Cruz, whose address on arrest documents is listed as “homeless”, was the one who actually did the hand-to-hand selling of the heroin to the undercover officer. Police said Dejesus-Irrizary sat next to the undercover detective during the delivery and conspired with Cruz to sell the drugs.
Police said field tests on the substance in the six bags the undercover detective purchased for $120 from Cruz and Dejesus-Irrizary tested positive for heroin when police conducted a field test.
Cruz is charged with manufacture, deliver or possession of a with intent to manufacture or distribute a controlled substance and intentional possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered or licensed to possess such a substance, court documents state.
Dejesus-Irrizary is charged with conspiring with Cruz to manufacture, deliver or possession of a with intent to manufacture or distribute a controlled substance.
The two were arraigned in front of District Judge Richard S. Dougherty in East Pennsboro Township, who denied bail to both defendants. Court records show Dougherty denied bail to the two because he considers them a threat to flee if released.
Preliminary hearings for both Cruz and Dejesus-Irrizary are scheduled for Monday morning in Dougherty’s court.