Man charged with covering up drug delivery resulting in death
Police say a Windsor man sold drugs that resulted in a woman's February 2015 death in York City and then tried to get rid of the evidence.
Marcos J. Arroyo Jr., 34, of 62 W. Main St., faces the first-degree felony charge of drug delivery resulting in death, another felony charge of possession with the intent to deliver and a misdemeanor count of tampering with evidence, according to the criminal complaint York City Police filed against him Jan. 15.
Around 11:45 p.m. Feb. 24, 2015, police were called to 279 W. Cottage Place, where they found Brooke Fiorentino had overdosed on heroin, charging documents state. They tried to treat her, but she remained unresponsive — she had died, documents state.
Lacey McLane, then 32, was there with her and had called 911, police say; they say she told officers she gave Fiorentino the heroin.
On April 27, McLane was charged with drug delivery resulting in death, which carries a maximum sentence of 40 years behind bars, and a count each of the same other charges Arroyo faces, documents state.
Police interviewed her again, and she told them Arroyo, who's known as "Junior," had sold her the drugs, according to documents. Police on Oct. 5 got a warrant for her phone, and the texts they found on it lay out a timeline for what had happened.
Fiorentino ordered two bags of heroin from McLane, police say. Shortly after 6:30 p.m. on the day she died, Fiorentino arrived at the West Cottage Place address — McLane's house — to pick up the drugs, police say.
About 20 minutes later, McLane texted Arroyo, ordering six bags of heroin and $40 worth of crack, police allege. At 8:11 p.m., McLane texted Arroyo, saying she had a problem and needed help — Fiorentino was overdosing, police say.
After a short conversation, Arroyo texted her "call it in (to 911) you can't get in trouble new law," documents state.
He's presumably talking about the 2014 Good Samaritan Act, which does protect people from prosecution if they seek help for someone who's overdosing. But he was wrong, in this case — it doesn't grant immunity from being charged with drug delivery resulting in death.
Police allege Arroyo texted McLane, telling her to "put her in a cold shower," and if that didn't work, "call and erase your messages and call log so no one gets in trouble."
She did so, police say, but officers were still able to get the information via the warrant.
McLane had been in York County Prison in lieu of $50,000 monetary bail since April 28, but on Oct. 15, York County Court of Common Pleas Judge Michael E. Bortner changed that to $50,000 unsecured bail, allowing her to go free so long as she continues to meet the bail conditions. Another pre-trial conference is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, for her. Her listed attorney, Kevin Hoffman, could not be reached for comment .
Arroyo, who was arraigned Thursday on his charges, is free on $250,000 monetary bail, according to online court records.
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