York City man sentenced to 10 years for drug trafficking

Christopher Dornblaser

A York City man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug trafficking.

Charlie Rivera, 26, previously pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin and oxycodone when he was arrested by state police and York City Police on Dec. 12, 2012, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Peter Smith. When he was arrested he was also found with a gun, according to the release.

Rivera had defied a judge's order to report to prison on Sept. 6, 2012, to begin serving a seven- to 14-year state prison sentence for possessing about a kilo of cocaine and more than 10 pounds of marijuana along with 43 pairs of Nike Air Jordan sneakers, nearly $25,000 in cash, a Mercedes-Benz and a number of guns, including an AK-47.

Instead, he kept running the streets, officials said — until two state troopers with the York County Drug Task Force spotted him driving around York City the afternoon of Dec. 11, 2012.

They pulled over Rivera in the 100 block of North Newberry Street and tried to arrest him, Trooper Shawn Wolfe said, but Rivera tried to run away.

Wolfe said he and Trooper Christopher Keppel had to wrestle with Rivera for five to 10 minutes until he eventually stopped resisting arrest.

Inside the car Rivera was driving, the troopers found a loaded handgun, a large amount of crack cocaine, heroin and pills, Wolfe said.

In January 2013, after an investigation by the FBI, state police and York City Police, Rivera was indicted by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg, according to the release.

Rivera was also ordered to be placed on three years supervised release after his prison sentence, and the court asked his sentence be served consecutively to the 7-14 years sentence he is currently serving, according to the release.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com.