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Convicted Spring Grove-area dealer accused of supplying fatal heroin
A convicted Spring Grove-area drug dealer remains in York County Prison on $800,000 bail, accused of supplying the heroin that killed a Jackson Township man last summer.
Shane G. Ditzler, 24, of Kopp Road in Jackson Township, is charged with drug delivery resulting in death, involuntary manslaughter and drug dealing.
Northern York County Regional Police allege he sold heroin to Brian Reed Jr. on Aug. 11. Ditzler's preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 10 before District Judge Thomas Reilly.
Reed, 26, of Melinda Drive, was found in a neighbor's yard along Stitt Drive about lunchtime Aug. 12, acting disoriented and possibly intoxicated, according to police.
A responding officer determined Reed was showing signs of opioid overdose, including unconsciousness, shallow breathing and snoring, charging documents state.
Struggling addict: The officer administered two doses of the heroin antidote naloxone to Reed but could not revive him. Reed was rushed to York Hospital in critical condition and died there Aug. 13, according to police. Reed's family told investigators he had struggled with opioid addiction, police said.
Northern Regional's investigation into Reed's death determined that he and his mother, Kim Reed, both bought heroin from Ditzler and both used Kim Reed's phone to contact him, charging documents allege.
Using Kim Reed's cellphone, an officer pretended to be her and texted Ditzler to set up an $80 heroin purchase, police said. At the time, Ditzler was a fugitive with a felony warrant.
When Ditzler showed up outside the Reed home, officers arrested him. He later confessed to officers he was there to sell heroin to Kim Reed, charging documents state.
Ditzler also answered investigators' questions about Brian Reed, confirming he sold heroin to both Kim and Brian Reed "whenever they call him for it," documents state.
Two bundles: He said his last transaction with Brian Reed was Aug. 11, and he sold the man two bundles of heroin for $200, according to documents. There are 10 bags of heroin in a bundle.
"He stated he picked up Brian Jr. at his house, drove him to an ATM where he used Kim's bank card to withdraw $200," documents state. The two men drove to Ditzler's dealer in York City and bought the bundles then returned to the Reed home, where Brian Reed and his mother used some of the heroin, police allege.
Kim Reed gave Ditzler "a few bags" of heroin in exchange for him helping Brian Reed score, documents state.
Ditzler told investigators he acts as a middleman in heroin deals to support his own habit, police said.
That's the point in the police interview when investigators told him Brian Reed Jr. had died, according to charging documents.
Upset, nauseated: "He became instantly upset and nauseated," documents state. "He then asked, 'Did the drugs I sold to him kill him?'"
Reed's cause of death was later determined to be mixed drug toxicity and environmental heat exposure, according to police.
The victim's father, Brian Reed Sr., told officers that on the night of Aug. 11, he noticed his son "was acting weird and paranoid," police said. The elder Reed sat with his son for several hours before leaving for work about 6 a.m. the next morning, police said.
When the elder Reed returned home from work the afternoon of Aug. 12, he found the bathroom door locked and forced it open, police said. The bathroom window was open, "as if Brian Jr. left through the window," documents state.
Convicted dealer: Ditzler pleaded guilty to drug dealing for a 2011 case. He served 437 days in prison and was ordered to participate in drug treatment, according to court records.
He currently has two active criminal cases in York County Court, both for alleged drug dealing, court records state.
In one of the cases, he's also charged with being a convicted felon in illegal possession of a firearm.
Defense attorney Seamus Dubbs, who represents Ditzler on the two drug-dealing cases, declined immediate comment Tuesday on the new charges.
— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.