Crime & Courts

2 arrested after crack, guns found in Lancaster motel room

Two people are in jail on drug charges after a raid on a Lancaster motel room led law enforcment to 25 grams of suspected cocaine, two handguns and more than $1,000 in cash.

Demarcus Javontia Marsh, 22, and Latwanyept Lashay Stover, 34, both of Lancaster, were arrested Thursday around 8 p.m. at the Super 8 motel on Highway 9 Bypass. Both are charged with trafficking crack cocaine and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

Acting on a tip, agents with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on the motel room, where they found Marsh, Stover and a third person who was not charged.

A large piece of suspected crack cocaine was found in the filter basin of the room’s coffee maker, according to a release from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. Another bag containing a smaller amount of suspected crack cocaine was found sitting on a set of digital scales on a bedside table. In total, the suspected crack cocaine weighed approximately 25 grams.

When agents entered the room, Marsh was holding a Glock .40 caliber pistol, which he dropped as the agents approached. Another handgun, a Taurus 9 millimeter pistol, was found under the mattress of the bed Stover was sitting on.

Marsh was also found to be carrying $1,340 in cash, the release states.

Both Marsh and Stover were taken into custody without incident, and the items in the motel room were seized.

“The investigation of the information received yesterday about the activities in that room of the Super 8 developed very quickly,” said Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile. “Our agents and investigators were able to act upon that information, get a lawful search warrant to get into the room, and seize a large quantity of crack cocaine before it got walked back out onto the streets of Lancaster County.”

Bristow Marchant: 803-329-4062, @BristowatHome