Police: Convicted drug dealer sold fatal opioid dose

Liz Evans Scolforo

A York man already locked up on drug charges is now accused of providing opioids to a Springettsbury Township man who overdosed and died nearly a year ago.

Jonathan Javier Gonzalez is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday via video by District Judge Barry Bloss Jr., according to Bloss' office.

Jonathan Javier Gonzalez

He will be charged with the first-degree felony of drug delivery resulting in death, as well as with using a communication device to commit a crime, possession with intent to deliver fentanyl and possession with intent to deliver crack-cocaine, according to charging documents.

A conviction on the charge of drug delivery resulting in death can come with a sentence of up to 20 to 40 years in prison.

Gonzalez, 21, is already in York County Prison. He's being held on a probation violation for a 2015 felony drug-dealing case and also is being held on $5,000 bail on a new felony drug-dealing case, according to court records.

The allegations: Police allege Gonzalez provided fentanyl, a powerful opioid, and cocaine to 32-year-old Ryan Ritter in the days leading up to Ritter's death.

Ritter was found dead in his bed  Feb. 25 inside his North Hills Road apartment in Springettsbury Township, documents state.

He had been dead for several days before his body was discovered, according to police.

Police found and seized drug paraphernalia associated with both heroin use and crack-cocaine use from Ritter's home and  sent his cell phone for forensic analysis.

His phone showed a string of texts over a period of time from Ritter to someone named "Flacco Boy." Most of the messages contained street jargon used in drug transactions, according to charging documents.

Police later determined "Flacco Boy" was Gonzalez, documents state.

A witness then positively identified Gonzalez as being the person who sold narcotics to Ritter on Feb. 14, documents allege.

Mixed toxicity: Ritter died of mixed-substance toxicity, according to the York County Coroner's Office, which has ruled his death accidental.

Toxicology testing revealed a number of drugs in Ritter's blood, including morphine and fentanyl, according to police.

The fentanyl level in his system was "high enough to be considered as a competent cause of death," documents state.

Gonzalez pleaded guilty to felony drug-dealing in October 2015, according to court records, and he has a pending drug-dealing case in York County Court.

His attorney, public defender Erin Thompson, declined immediate comment Wednesday.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.