Trial Convictions for Lancaster Couple Charged with $174K in Heroin

David Lausell, Jaelle Ndamage

A Lancaster Township couple was convicted at separate trials last week in a drug-dealing operation that uncovered a half-kilogram of heroin.

David Lausell and Jaelle Ndamage each were convicted of felony-drug dealing and related counts regarding a June 2016 raid in the 700 block of Marietta Avenue.

Lancaster County Drug Task Force detectives found in the apartment 540 grams of heroin, which would sell for an estimated $40,000-$50,000 in bulk form and $174,000 if broken down for street sales, according to detectives.

Lausell, 26, was convicted at a non-jury trial on Jan. 17; a local jury convicted Ndamage, 27, on Jan. 19, following a two-day trial, according to Assistant District Attorney Maria Cusick, who won both convictions.

Lancaster County Judge David Ashworth, who presided over both trials and convicted Lausell, will order sentence at a later date.

Upon arrest last year, Lausell told detectives, “When I get out, I’ll be the big man again. You can’t stop me.”

He also said, “I can do five years standing on my head,” referring to a potential prison sentence.

The jury deliberated Ndamage’s case for about two hours on Jan. 19 before returning its verdict about 4:30 p.m.

At the verdict, Judge Ashworth increased Ndamage’s bail to $500,000.

From the apartment, detectives also recovered cash, 14 cellphones, and drug-packaging materials including face masks and digital scales.

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