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York City man indicted for drug, firearm charges

Christopher Dornblaser
505-5436/@YDDornblaser

A York City man was indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly dealing heroin and illegally possessing a firearm, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release.

Christian Hogan, 35, was observed by West Manchester Township Police selling heroin on Sept. 22, 2015, according to the release. Further investigation and a search warrant resulted in a seizure of handguns and evidence of additional heroin sales, the release states.

Yorker was free on bail while allegedly running heroin operation

Hogan was charged Sept. 28 with drug dealing and being a felon in illegal firearm possession, according to court records. He was freed at that time on $30,000 bail.

In February 2016, Hogan again was arrested, this time in his York City home with $13,000 in heroin and a stolen handgun, York City Police said at the time. He was charged with being a convicted felon in illegal possession of a firearm, heroin possession with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and receiving stolen property, online court records show.

The York City narcotics squad had Hogan under surveillance for about two months before city officers raided his mother's home, where Hogan lives, York City Detective First Class Andrew Shaffer said at the time.

York City drug detectives said they seized $13,000 worth of heroin, a stolen handgun and cash from Christian Hogan on Feb. 26, 2016.

Shaffer said police forced entry into Hogan's home after knocking and getting no response. They found Hogan sitting in the living room and arrested him without incident, Shaffer said.

In the apartment, police found and seized $10,000 worth of raw heroin, about $3,000 worth of packaged heroin, $2,440 in cash, drug-packaging paraphernalia and a Smith & Wesson 9 mm handgun that had been reported stolen from Reading, according to the detective.

Shaffer said Hogan was stamping "gameover" and an image of a basketball player on his heroin baggies. The reference suggests the heroin could be lethally potent, he confirmed.

Hogan was initially denied bail after being arraigned in late February, but on April 6, bail was set at $200,000, according to online court records. He remains in York County Prison.

York City Police allege Christian Hogan had his own heroin-packaging operation in his mother's apartment.

The case was referred to the federal grand jury as part of an initiative led by the U.S. Attorney's Office to target heroin traffickers and combat the spread of violent crime in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

The maximum penalty for the offenses is life imprisonment, a term of supervised release after imprisonment and a fine, according to the release.

West Manchester Township Police, York City Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case, according to the release.

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