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York man charged, denied bail in heroin death

Christopher Dornblaser
717-505-5436/@YDDornblaser
  • Police say Gary Mathis provided heroin in June 2015 to a man who overdosed and died.
  • Mathis faces charges including drug delivery resulting in death.

A York City man accused of providing heroin to another man who overdosed has been charged and denied bail.

Gary Mathis, 31, of 709 W. King St., is charged with drug delivery resulting in death, possession with intent to deliver and criminal use of communications facility, according to charging documents.

The charges were filed May 23 by York Area Regional Police. Mathis was arraigned on the charges Friday.

District Judge Douglas F. Meisenhelter denied Mathis bail, according court documents. Additionally, according to court records, Mathis was denied bail because his alleged actions resulted in death and he is considered a menace to society.

Background: Police say Andrew Rieger was trying to get heroin from two people before he died but only was able to get the drug from Mathis the day he overdosed.

On June 2, 2015, police were sent to an apartment in the 2400 block of Cape Horn Road in York Township, where Rieger was found unconscious with heroin and drug paraphernalia. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. In July, the coroner's office confirmed 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 wasn't breathing and had no pulse, according to documents.

Police looked at Rieger's cellphone records and found that he had been talking to Mathis and another man, asking both for heroin, documents state. The cellphone records indicate Rieger was able to get heroin from Mathis, according to police.

Charges filed in June 2015 York Twp. heroin death

On the morning 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 contained heroin and four were empty.

York City man charged with drug delivery resulting in death

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.

Mathis' probation officer said she saw Mathis and Rieger together the day Rieger died and that they were both high, documents state.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.