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CHAMBERSBURG — Three local residents were arrested this week after postal authorities and Pennsylvania State Police intercepted a package containing a half kilo of cocaine.

According to online court records, Jesus Geraldo Sanchez-Rivera, 20, Samileyka Prez, 24, and Anthony Velez-Esquilin, 25, have been charged with possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, a first-degree felony.

Police said in charging documents that the package was intercepted by postal authorities several days before Tuesday’ arrests. Authorities felt its contents were suspicious and notified state police.

A K9 drug dog alerted officials to the presence of an illegal drug and police obtained a search warrant for the package. They found a half kilo of a substance that tested positive for cocaine.

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On Tuesday police and postal authorities conducted a controlled delivery of the cocaine to the West Burkhart address on the package. Once the package was accepted, police immediately entered the home with a search warrant.

Police said in court documents that Sanchez-Rivera, Perez, and Velez-Esquilin were found to be associated with the package of cocaine and arrested.

Although the package was addressed and delivered, all three defendants have other addresses in Chambersburg, according to court records.

All three were arraigned Wednesday by Magisterial District Judge T.R. Williams, who set their bail. At $150,000 each.

Sanchez-Rivera and Velez-Esquilin are still in Franklin County Jail unable to post bail.

Perez posted bail through a bail bondsman Thursday, June 13.

All three will have preliminary hearings June 18.

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