A local rapper, who officials said is a suspected “upper level cocaine dealer” in Lancaster County, is behind bars after officials served a search warrant at his Manheim Township home earlier this month.
Angel Luis Pereira Jr., 36, of 1419 Glenmoore Circle, was arrested along with his girlfriend, April M. Medina, 31, who lives at the same address, according to a news release issued Wednesday by the Lancaster County Drug Task Force. A child also lives at the home.
Officials said Pereira is a local rap artist who is also known as “Giggles” and “GI, the General.”
He’s made several videos in which he “rapped and glorified drug dealing and gun violence,” officials said. Some of his videos include “100 Rounds” and “Hood Life.”
Drug Task Force detectives, along with members of Manheim Township police Selective Enforcement Unit, served the warrant at the home May 1.
Officials said they seized 350 grams of crack cocaine that had recently been cooked and was laid out for drying in two common areas of the home. A drug task force official said the cocaine has a street value of $12,000.
Pots, utensils, ingredients and other equipment used to cook cocaine powder into crack were in plain view in the home, according to authorities.
Also recovered were two handguns, along with $2,000 in cash and three vehicles valued at $100,000, according to investigators.
Officials said that in the last 11 years, several sources reported Pereira to be an upper level cocaine dealer and said that he moved to the Manheim Township home from Lancaster city in 2006 or 2007.
According to county records, the home is a rental property.
Pereira and Medina were charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Pereira also is charged with persons not to possess firearms.
Court records show that Pereira was committed to Lancaster County Prison on $40,000 bail, while Medina was released on $50,000 unsecured.