Three men from Lebanon, PA, were held at Lancaster County Jail on Wednesday on $1 million bail each. Amado Capellan, 24, Jose Capellan, 35, and Rodelin Capellan-Mendoza, 19 were knocked on charges of fleeing and eluding police and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, after police collected 66 pounds (close to 30 kilos) of cocaine thrown from their SUV.
The trio (likely brothers) were apprehended after a wild police chase that “covered Route 72, Auction Road near Root’s Country Market & Auction, Colebrook Road, Route 772 and then back to Route 72,” according to Lancaster Online. Tuesday evening, a Pennsylvania State Trooper spotted the truck–driven by Amado Capellan–make an “undisclosed traffic violation” in Penn Township, near Manheim. When the officer tried to pull the car over, Amado peeled off. As the SUV made its way through the aforementioned course, Jose and Rodelin tossed bags stuffed with weight out of the windows. They also sideswiped two occupied vehicles that were parked. When all of the cocaine was out of the vehicle, the suspects pulled over, unexpectedly. They were arrested on the spot.
Police were able to recover the discarded work after receiving a tip from a Manheim couple who found a mysterious package outside of their home. When they opened it, they saw the white powder and thought that it could be laundry detergent. They were fresh out of laundry detergent, so they thought they had been blessed by the chore gods. Cutting into package, the wife noticed duct tape on it and that the white substance inside was “snapping apart.” She said, “Oh my gosh! It’s cracking. Is that why they call cocaine crack?”
The couple googled “crack” and the search showed them substances similar to what they had. She called 911, and police officers showed up to the house and identified it as powder cocaine, not crack…or laundry detergent. The total haul from the chase is said to be worth $1.2 million on the street.