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Police: Dealer of fatal heroin asked witness to change his story
A convicted York City drug dealer charged with providing heroin to a man who fatally overdosed is now facing a new allegation — that he tried to interfere with the testimony of a prosecution witness.
Angel Luis Alicea III, 26, of 735 Edison St., has been in York County Prison on $250,000 bail since Feb. 4, charged with drug delivery resulting in death and dealing heroin, according to court records. Those charges were filed in February by Northern York County Regional Police.
Last month, on Sept. 7, Northern Regional Detective William Haller filed a first-degree felony charge of witness intimidation against Alicea. On Tuesday, District Judge Linda Williams determined enough evidence exists against Alicea for him to face trial, court records state.
According to charging documents, a man named Michael Iberl previously testified against Alicea at Alicea's preliminary hearing on his drug delivery resulting in death case.
Iberl testified he and friend Randy Crone III bought heroin from Alicea in September 2015, according to documents.
Crone, 22, of Spring Grove, fatally overdosed on the drug, documents state.
'Change your story': In mid-July Alicea, known as "Bebo," had a chance to speak with Iberl while both men were at the York County Judicial Center, 45 N. George St., police said.
Alicea allegedly told Iberl that the case against him "is all in your hands," documents allege, and that "you can get this thrown out, all you have to do is change your story."
Alicea allegedly said he has children and needs to get out of jail for them, documents allege.
"Alicea told Iberl that the most (punishment Iberl) would get would be a fine for perjury and that Alicea would pay off the fine for him if he changed his story and told the court that he lied at the preliminary hearing and to police," Haller wrote in charging documents. "Alicea went on to tell Iberl that he was facing 7-14 years."
Fatal overdose: Alicea is accused of selling heroin to Iberl and Crone.
Crone fatally overdosed in the basement of his Hillside Drive home in Paradise Township, according to police, who said they discovered him there about 1:30 p.m. Sept. 18, 2015, court records state.
Police have said that in Crone's bedroom they found three syringes and a metal spoon used to liquefy heroin before it's injected.
Crone's family told officers Crone had been in recovery for his addiction to heroin.
Police have said Crone and Iberl bought heroin from Alicea shortly after midnight on Sept. 17, 2015.
Attorney Ron Gross, who represents Alicea, declined immediate comment.
— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.