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Police: Teen provided deadly heroin

Christopher Dornblaser
505-5436/@YDDornblaser
  • Police say Kevin Cruz, 18, supplied Ryan Myers, 30, with the heroin that killed him in November.
  • Cruz was charged with drug delivery resulting in death.
  • He remains in York County Prison in lieu of $750,000 bail.

An 18-year-old remains in York County Prison this week after police say he provided a West Manchester Township man with the heroin that ended up killing him late last year.

Kevin Osvaldo Cruz, of no fixed address, is charged with drug delivery resulting in death and drug possession with intent to deliver, according to charging documents.

West Manchester Township Police say Cruz met up with Ryan Myers, 30, to sell him heroin at the end of November.

Allegations: About 7 p.m. Nov. 27, police were sent to Myers' home in the 1600 block of Church Road for a report of a cardiac arrest from a heroin overdose. The responding officer found a spoon and empty heroin packaging in the bathroom, charging documents state.

Myers died the following day, and police say Myers tested positive for opiates at the time. The finalized autopsy report, received by police in January, show Myers' death was caused by drug toxicity from heroin, charging documents state.

Police say Myers had gone into York City that night, bought heroin and then went home to use the drugs in the bathroom.

Kevin Cruz

York man charged, denied bail in heroin death

While analyzing Myers' phone, police found a conversation between a man, later identified as Cruz, and Myers about setting up a drug deal at the corner store on West Princess and Sheridan streets, near Garcia's Deli, police said.

In consultation with the York County Drug Task Force, police arranged a heroin purchase meetup for Dec. 7 by contacting the number Cruz was using, documents state.

Cruz asked to set up the deal at the same locations where Myers had gone the night of his overdose, according to charging documents.

Cruz and another man, Miguel Ortiz, 18, showed up for the deal, police said.

According to charging documents, Cruz led officers on a brief chase, during which Cruz threw a loaded handgun that he had concealed on him.

Cruz and Ortiz were taken to the drug task force headquarters to be interviewed, documents state.

Interview: While speaking with authorities, Cruz immediately admitted to selling heroin to the task force buyer that day, according to police. He said he uses his Alcatel phone for drug transactions, and that was the phone police contacted to set up the deal that day, according to charging documents.

Cruz told police he is the only person who uses the phone, and he had had it for about two months, police said.

A picture of Myers was shown to Cruz, and Cruz recognized him, saying he had sold him heroin about two weeks before, charging documents state. Cruz told officials that the last time he sold to Myers was the second or third time he sold to him, documents state. He said he had likely sold Myers the drugs at the same location, although he typically does not sell there, according to police.

Cruz was charged in December with drug and firearms offenses, and he was remanded to York County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail, online court records show. He was arraigned on his latest charges Tuesday, and bail was set for $500,000. As of Thursday he remained in York County Prison in lieu of a total of $750,000.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. March 27 at District Judge Keith Albright's office.

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