Charges filed in June 2015 York Twp. heroin death
Police say a York City man provided the heroin that killed a 26-year-old man in June 2015.
Gary Mathis, 31, of 709 W. King St., faces charges of drug delivery resulting in death, possession with intent to deliver and criminal use of communications facility, according to charging documents.
According to online court records, the charges were filed Monday by York Area Regional Police. Mathis had yet to be arraigned on them as of Tuesday morning.
Police say Andrew Rieger was trying to get heroin from two people before he died, but was only able to get the drug from Mathis the day he overdosed.
Heroin: On June 2, 2015, police were sent an apartment in the 2400 block of Cape Horn Road in York Township, where Rieger was found unconscious with heroin and materials used for taking heroin. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. In July, the coroner's office confirmed that Rieger died from a heroin overdose.
The man who called police, a resident in the apartment, said Rieger was visiting. He told police he thought Rieger was sleeping when he left around 1:30 p.m. that day, but when he returned an hour later, he found Rieger with no pulse and not breathing, according to documents.
Police looked at Rieger's cellphone records and found that he was talking to Mathis and another man, asking both for heroin, documents state. The cellphone records indicate Rieger was only able to get heroin from Mathis, according to police.
In the morning on the day of his death, Rieger sent a text message to Mathis saying "what's up on the blue bags," documents state. Police say Rieger was found with eight blue packets, four of which were filled with heroin while the other four were empty.
The man who called police said Mathis reached out to him after Rieger's death and asked about the heroin bags found with Rieger, specifically the color of the bags, police said.
In addition to the text messages, Mathis' probation officer said she saw Mathis and Rieger together the day Rieger died, and they were both high, according to documents.
Facts:Heroin-related deaths in the county have been on the rise the past two years. In 2013, there were 17 deaths, but the death toll jumped to 62 in 2014 and rose again last year to 65.
York County District Attorney's Office spokesman Kyle King said the office filed eight drug-delivery resulting in death charges in 2015 and have filed five so far this year.
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