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Police: Lower Swatara residents smoked pot, snorted cocaine in the presence of two children

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 2/2/18

An investigation started in January by Dauphin County Children and Youth has led to charges being filed by police against two Lower Swatara Township residents.

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Police: Lower Swatara residents smoked pot, snorted cocaine in the presence of two children

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An investigation started in January by Dauphin County Children and Youth has led to charges being filed by police against two Lower Swatara Township residents.

Police in arrest papers filed with District Judge Michael Smith allege that Alicia Lynn Keefer, 30, and Samuel F. Marrero Jr., 29, both of the first block of Manny Drive, smoked marijuana and snorted cocaine in the presence of two children who live in the residence, based on interviews of the children that were conducted by county Children and Youth.

The children also told the interviewers of being beaten by a black belt on multiple occasions, according to arrest papers.

After obtaining a warrant from Smith to search the residence on Jan. 22, police found marijuana residue and drug paraphernalia, and several large knives and a Glock 19 9mm handgun that was reported stolen four years ago. The knives and the handgun were Marrero’s, according to police.

Keefer was arraigned before Smith on Feb. 1 and charged with endangering the welfare of children, and corruption of minors. She is listed as being held in Dauphin County Prison on $100,000 bail. Her preliminary hearing before Smith is scheduled for Feb. 8.

Keefer also faces four separate charges of use/possession of drug paraphernalia, according to online court records. Her preliminary hearing before Smith on those charges is scheduled for Feb. 22.

Marrero was arrested on Feb. 1 and arraigned before Smith on charges of aggravated assault involving a victim less than 13 years of age, strangulation, witness intimidation, possessing a firearm with the manufacturer number altered, endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors, and four counts of use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Marrero is listed as being held in Dauphin County Prison on $500,000 bail. His preliminary hearing before Smith is set for Feb. 8.