Jarvis Mandrell Anthony, age 37, of Heath Springs, was arrested and charged with multiple drug offenses Thursday, August 18, 2016. Agents of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office 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 at approximately 5:30 Thursday morning. A truck pulled up to the home a little after10:00 a. m., and the male driver of the truck went inside. A few minutes later the driver and two other men came out of the home. One of the men was Anthony. 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 .45caliber handgun fell from Anthony’s person. He had dropped a backpack when he ran. Approximately 52 grams of a substance suspected to be heroin were found in three separate containers within the backpack. The backpack also contained 0.2 grams of suspected crack cocaine, 2.5 grams of suspected MDMA (also known as ecstasy and molly – a synthetic drug with chemical properties similar to stimulants and hallucinogens), 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. Anthony also 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.
The two men who were with Anthony were detained and searched. Both were found to be in possession of items associated with illegal drugs, and both were charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Four warrants from the previous investigation were served upon Anthony and charge him with Distribution of Marijuana, two counts of Distribution of Heroin, and Distribution of Heroin within Proximity of a School. As the result of the Thursday operation, Anthony was charged with Trafficking Heroin More than 28 Grams, Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine,Possession with Intent to Distribute MDMA, Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Possession of Alprazolam, Resisting Arrest, and Possession of aFirearm During the Commission of a Violent Crime (Trafficking Heroin). A photograph of Anthony is attached.
Sheriff Barry Faile said, “Our Task Force agents worked long and hard on this investigation of Anthony for many months based upon intelligence and complaints we received about him. The agents, criminal investigators, and Street Crimes deputies patiently waited Thursday morning until the opportunity to take Anthony into custody presented itself. Their efforts resulted in the arrest of an armed suspect without injury to anyone and a charge made against Anthony for the highest level of trafficking heroin our law provides.”
Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at803-283-3388 or Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372) or email www.sccrimestoppers.com.