Jury: York City heroin dealer sold fatal dose

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A local heroin dealer is facing possibly decades in prison when he's sentenced next month for selling a fatal dose of the opioid.

A jury on March 14 determined that 19-year-old Kevin Osvaldo Cruz-Cuebas sold heroin to Ryan Myers of West Manchester Township.

Kevin Cruz-Cuebas

Myers, 30, was found dead in his Church Road home of a heroin overdose on Nov. 27, according to township police.

Cruz-Cuebas, of no fixed address, is scheduled to be sentenced at 2:30 p.m. April 24 by Common Pleas Judge Maria Musti Cook, according to court records. He remains in York County Prison on $750,000 bail.

Jurors convicted him of drug delivery resulting in death, heroin possession with intent to deliver, involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment for Myers' death, according to court records.

In a separate case, the jury also convicted Cruz-Cuebas of drug dealing, conspiracy to sell drugs and carrying a firearm without a license. He was prosecuted by senior deputy prosecutor Jared Mellott.

Ryan Myers

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The charge of drug delivery resulting in death, a first-degree felony, carries a maximum possible sentence of 20 to 40 years in prison.

Defense attorney Rick Robinson said he and his client will discuss appeal options after sentencing.

The background:  About 7 p.m. Nov. 27, West Manchester Township Police were sent to Myers' home for a reported heroin overdose. The responding officer found a spoon and empty heroin packaging in the bathroom, court documents state.

Toxicology tests later determined Myers died of drug toxicity from heroin, documents state.

Myers went to York City that night, bought heroin and then went home to use the drugs in the bathroom, according to police.

Police found on Myers' cellphone a conversation between the victim and Cruz-Cuebas, setting up a drug deal at the corner of West Princess and Sheridan streets, documents state.

Police and the York County Drug Task Force called Cruz-Cuebas' number and set up a heroin buy for Dec. 7, and Cruz-Cuebas asked that the deal go down at the same location where he met Myers in late November, according to court documents.

Cruz-Cuebas and another man, Miguel Angel Ortiz, showed up, police said.

Tossed handgun: Police said Cruz-Cuebas tried to run away when he realized he was meeting police, and he tossed away a loaded handgun he'd been carrying.

After being arrested, Cruz-Cuebas confirmed he sold Myers heroin, documents state.

Ortiz, 19, of York, pleaded guilty April 11 to drug-dealing and conspiracy to commit that offense, according to court records. He was sentenced to 11½ to 23 months in York County Prison.

Myers' survivors include two children and his fiancee, according to his obituary.

He received an associate's degree in business management from Harrisburg Area Community College and spent time helping coach baseball for the West York Boys Club's baseball program, the obituary states.

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