Drug arrest made near Clinton Elementary School

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Two women charged in separate cocaine cases

By Chris Sardelli

A Lancaster man was arrested and jailed on multiple drug charges during a police search earlier this month.


Michael Calvertis Chavis Jr., 24, 110 S. Hughes St., was arrested Nov. 14. He was  charged  with of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana within proximity of a school and resisting arrest, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

Police found Chavis at 9:11 a.m. as they were serving three unrelated arrest warrants at a home in the 800 block of East Dunlap Street, the report said.

As they got out their patrol car, the report said officers smelled marijuana and saw two men standing about 20 yards behind the home next to a white car. 

Chavis was sitting in the driver’s seat of the car, the report said. One of the officers asked Chavis to step out the car, while the other officers spoke with the two men.

Due to the smell of marijuana, the officer frisked Chavis, though Chavis began pulling away, the report said.

The officer then tried to handcuff him, though Chavis continued pulling away, leading to a brief struggle on the ground, the report said. With help from other officers, Chavis was then arrested.

When Chavis was searched, the report said officers found a plastic bag filled with what is believed to be 32 grams of marijuana hidden in his underwear.

In the report, officers noted the arrest scene was near Clinton Elementary School, which resulted in the school-proximity drug possession charge.

Chavis was jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center, but was released Nov. 15 on a $56,000 surety with proof bond, according to Lancaster Municipal Court records.

Chavis made news last year after police arrested him for allegedly dangling a small child over an aggressive pitbull.

In that case, officers charged Chavis on Jan. 31, 2012, with third-degree assault and battery, according to a police department press release issued shortly after his arrest.

The child’s mother told officers a man picked the 5-year-old up by a jacket collar, carried the child to a nearby pitbull, grabbed the child by one leg and then held the child upside down over the dog, an incident report said. 

Other drug arrests

City police also recently arrested two people in unrelated cases for possession of cocaine. 

Just after 7 p.m. Nov. 16, officers were conducting surveillance near the intersection of East Dunlap Street and Willow Lake Road, as well as Hazel Street, after complaints of drug activity there, a police department incident report said. 

About 7:17 p.m. that day, officers there stopped a car for a traffic violation and spoke with the driver and a passenger. 

An officer noticed the passenger, Valerie Lynn Dunn, 41, 997 13th St., was acting nervous and removed her jacket because she was hot, the report said. 

Officers then searched the car and found a metal pipe with a burnt end in one of Dunn’s jacket pockets, as well as a pack of cigarettes with a substance believed to be crack cocaine within the clear, outer wrapper, the report said. 

They also noticed the substance on the outside of the box, noting it appeared “someone had attempted to mash the suspected crack flat on the cigarette box,” the report said. 

Having already claimed possession of the jacket and cigarettes, Dunn was arrested for possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia, the report said. 

The driver was released at the scene with a warning for a traffic violation. 

A $5,000 surety with proof bond was issued for Dunn on the cocaine charge. As of Monday, Nov. 25, she remained jailed at the detention center, per municipal court records. 

A day later, on Nov. 17 at 3:42 a.m., officers responded to Springs Memorial Hospital after a nurse found a clear bag filled with a white powder, according to another police department incident report. 

The nurse told officers the bag of powder fell from a pants pocket of Kiwanis Shante Robinson, 23, 1679 Parkman Ave., the report said. 

The officers tested the substance at the scene, and it was confirmed to be cocaine. 

After Robinson was cleared from the hospital, officers charged her with possession of powder cocaine and she was jailed at the detention center, the report said.

One gram of powder cocaine was then collected as evidence. 

Robinson was released Nov. 21 on a $5,000 surety with proof bond, according to Lancaster Municipal Court records. 


Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416