York man sentenced for heroin

John Joyce

A York City man will serve 15 months in prison for a heroin trafficking scheme investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the York City Police Department, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.

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Andrew Gonzales, 30, of York, was sentenced in U.S. District Court by Judge Yvette Kane for his role in a heroin trafficking operation conducted out of a York City home in 2013, according to a news release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Gonzales is one of three people to have been convicted as a result of the investigation. A search warrant executed in March 2013 turned up 35 grams of crack cocaine, cocaine and heroin. The bulk of the heroin, 900 bags, were found floating in a toilet, the release said.

"The value for the heroin found in the toilet is approximately $10,000 to $15,000," U.S. Attorney's Office public information officer Dawn Mayko said. The street value of the remaining drugs seized was estimated at about $1,000, she added.

Co-defendants Veronica Rivera and Andrew Alexander, ages and address unlisted, were also convicted in the case. Both Gonzales and Rivera pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute drugs. Rivera was sentenced two two years in prison May 4.

Alexander, convicted in April after a jury trial, has yet to be sentenced.