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York man indicted on heroin charges

Christopher Dornblaser
505-5436/@YDDornblaser

A York City man has been indicted on heroin trafficking and firearms charges, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Harrisburg.

Manuel Jesus Maldonado-Martinez

Manuel Maldonado-Martinez, 27, allegedly possessed heroin with intent to distribute on June 30, 2016, the release states. Maldonado-Martinez also is accused of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, according to the release.

York City Police arrested Maldonado-Martinez about 8:30 a.m. in the home of an on-again, off-again girlfriend. He was in possession of a handgun, heroin and cocaine, York City Detective First Class Andrew Shaffer said at the time.

As he was being arrested, Maldonado-Martinez told officers, "Everything illegal in the house is mine," but he wouldn't say what that might be, or even if anything illegal was there, according to Shaffer.

City drug detectives and members of the city's Nuisance Abatement Unit had information the fugitive would be at the home of a woman he dates who lives in the 600 block of Front Street, according to the detective. Maldonado-Martinez was arrested there without incident on the morning of June 30.

Armed with a search warrant, authorities combed through the woman's home and found a bag containing Maldonado-Martinez's state identification card, a .380-caliber Beretta handgun, $2,400 worth of raw, unpackaged heroin and $250 worth of marijuana, Shaffer said.

Police: Wanted York felon had gun, drugs

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the York City Police Department investigated the case.

The case was brought as part of the Violent Crime Reduction Partnership, which is an initiative throughout the Middle District of Pennsylvania to combat violent crime, according to the release.

The case was also part of the heroin initiative, another district-wide initiative, which tries to combat the use and distribution of heroin, the release states.

The maximum penalty for the alleged offenses is lifetime imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment and a fine, according to the release.

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