Lancaster Co. man jailed on heroin, cocaine, ecstasy distribution charges

Anthony Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office

A Lancaster County man was jailed on multiple drug charges after officers found heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana in a backpack that he dropped while running from police, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

Jarvis Mandrell Anthony, 37, of Heath Springs, was charged Thursday with trafficking heroin, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute ecstasy, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of Alprazolam, resisting arrest and possession of a firearm during a violent crime, sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield said. Authorities had already planned to serve four other warrants on Anthony for distribution of marijuana, two counts of distribution of heroin and distribution of heroin within proximity of a school.

Agents of the sheriff’s Drug Task Force had obtained four arrest warrants for Anthony as the result of an earlier investigation. Task force agents, criminal investigators, and members of the Street Crimes Unit conducted surveillance of Anthony’s home beginning around 5:30 a.m. Thursday, Barfield said. A truck pulled up to the home just after 10 a.m., and the driver went inside.

A few minutes later, the driver and two other men, one of whom was Anthony, left the home, Barfield said. Officers moved in and announced that Anthony was under arrest. Anthony attempted to run but was captured at the scene. He was handcuffed after struggling with the officers.

During the struggle, a Glock .45 caliber handgun fell from Anthony’s possession, Barfield said. He had dropped a backpack when he ran, and about 52 grams of a substance suspected to be heroin were found in three separate containers within the backpack, Barfield said. The backpack also contained 0.2 grams of suspected crack cocaine; 2.5 grams of suspected ecstasy also known as Molly; approximately 2.5 grams of suspected marijuana; and a pill believed to be the controlled substance Alprazolam.

Also found in the backpack were two cell phones, digital scales and a large amount of cash, Barfield said, and Anthony had another large amount of cash in his pants pockets. The cash totaled $9,585.00 and was seized. A search warrant was obtained for the home, and officers found a .22-caliber revolver, a black powder revolver, shotgun shells and a ballistic vest.