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March 14, 2013

2 suspected heroin dealers charged after raid on home

JOHNSTOWN — Two people described as major heroin dealers were arrested late Wednesday following a raid on a Johnstown home.

Louis Guadalupe, 21, and Regina Miller, 34, were picked up as the result of a three-month investigation by Cambria County Drug Task Force, along with the FBI,

Johns­town police and the attorney general’s office.

An undercover police informant made controlled purchases from both defendants, said Wayne Langerholc Jr., an assistant district attorney.

Investigators on Wednesday obtained a search warrant for the Messenger Street home and arrest warrants for Guadalupe and Miller, both of whom listed the home as their address, police said.

When the home was searched, police said they found two handguns, $3,000 worth of heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana and $8,000 in cash.

There were four children, ages 2 to 10, in the home.

Both suspects were taken into custody without incident and arraigned by District Judge Rick Varner of Sidman. Each faces one felony count of drug delivery, a felony count of illegal use of a communication device and a misdemeanor drug possession charge.

Bond was set at $50,000 for Guadalupe, who is a former New York resident, and $30,000 for Miller. Neither was able to post bond and both remain in Cambria County Prison.

Johnstown police Captain Andrew Frear said the joint operation demonstrates the value of collaboration among law enforcement agencies.

“It is a tremendous benefit when everybody works together,” Frear said. “Having the arrest and taking the people off the street is the important thing.”

The home is located near East Side Elementary School and a private preschool and day care center.

Neighbor Sandra Stevens has lived in Hornerstown for 50 years and said she’s relieved to see the drug operation shut down.

“The neighborhood has changed, but the people are concerned about their children,” Stevens said, describing her concern about children walking to school and playing near the home that was raided.

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