Convicted York heroin dealer charged in fatal overdose

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A thrice-convicted York-area drug dealer is now accused of selling fentanyl and cocaine that contributed to the death of a Springettsbury man last winter.

Springettsbury Township Police on Nov. 16 filed charges including drug delivery resulting in death, involuntary manslaughter and drug possession with intent to deliver against Dominique T. Hightower.

Dominique Hightower

Hightower was arraigned on the charges Monday, Nov. 27. He remains in York County Prison on one of his drug-dealing convictions, according to prison records.

Hightower, 19, of the 100 block of South Queen Street in York City, is accused of selling drugs to Ryan Mallory on Dec. 20, 2016.

Mallory, 24, died of mixed-substance toxicity and pneumonia, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

He was found dead in his room at the Chateau Motel on Dec. 21, according to police.

After interviewing witnesses and having Mallory's cellphone forensically examined, Detective Chad Moyer determined Hightower and Mallory met in York County Prison, according to charging documents.

Text exchange: Hightower became Mallory's sole source for heroin and cocaine, according to documents, and in a texting exchange Dec. 19 and 20, Mallory asked Hightower for  "50 fat" and "30 for hard," which was code for "a fat bag of dope" and $30 worth of crack-cocaine, according to Moyer.

The two men then arranged to meet at a convenience store on North Sherman Street in York City, documents state.

Police said a person witnessed the transaction, after which Hightower and Mallory shook hands, according to police.

The witness then went back to Mallory's motel room, where they both used the drugs, police said.

Hightower later told a confidential informant he was hesitant to sell the person heroin because "Mallory had died from his 's---,' meaning the drugs he sold to Mallory," Moyer wrote in charging documents.

Hightower pleaded guilty twice in 2016 and once in 2017 to dealing drugs in York County, according to online court records.

It's unclear whether he has retained an attorney in his new case.

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