2 jailed in drug bust, $400,000 in heroin seized in Lancaster County

Posted February 10, 2014 7:35 pm | Filed under Crime and Courts, Featured, Local News

IMG_8553Andrew Kiel | WRHI.com
A tip from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police led Lancaster County authorities to one of the largest heroin seizures in state history this weekend.

Over the course of several days, Lancaster County drug agents and agents from the State Law Enforcement Division kept a close watch on a Harrisburg Road home in Indian Land, where two suspected drug dealers were believed to have been operating.

Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Joseph Chasteen, 25, of Indian Land, recovering 4 lbs. of Heroin, a sawed offf shotgun, marijuana, balloons filled with heroin and cash.

The Heroin, Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said, was worth around $400,000 and is largest he has seen in 25 years working in law enforcement.

“We will not tolerate this stuff in Lancaster County,” Faile said. “We’ll be watching, we’ll be working every day to find out who [the drug dealers] are and you will be caught.”

Both Chasteen and  his partner, Cody Howard, 19, remain in custody at the Lancaster County Detention Center. Both are facing charges of trafficking Heroin, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and possession of marijuana. 

“We are extremely happy to get this large amount of dangerous narcotics off of our streets,” Faile said.  The interagency cooperation in this case was a big reason for its success and I am thankful for that cooperation and hard work.