York City man convicted in heroin case

Christopher Dornblaser

A federal jury convicted a York City man Thursday after he was found with 900 bags of heroin floating in a toilet at a home in March 2013, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Harrisburg.

Andrew Alexander, 31, of York City, was convicted of conspiracy to traffic heroin, according to the release.

The case came from a warrant search in a home on the 300 block of Oak Lane in York City in March 2013, where police said they found 35 grams of crack cocaine, cocaine and heroin. The heroin, 900 bags of it, was found floating in a toilet, according to the release.

Witnesses said when Alexander heard police at the door, he ran to the bathroom and tried to flush the heroin down the toilet, according to the release.

In Alexander's pants pocket, police found a "drug owe" sheet,  with names on the sheet corresponding to those prosecuted in the recent "Southside" racketeering prosecution, according to the release.

Veronica Rivera, 31, and Andrew Gonzalez, 30, were charged with drug trafficking crimes for their role in the drugs found in the home, according to the release. Both of them pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute drugs and both await sentencing, according to the release.

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According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, the jury gave the verdict after three hours of deliberation. The charge has a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison, according to the release. Alexander was found not guilty of drug possession with intent to distribute.

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