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Years in prison for York heroin dealer who sold fatal dose
A local heroin dealer has been sentenced to years in state prison for selling a fatal dose of the opioid to a West Manchester father of two.
Kevin Osvaldo Cruz-Cuebas, 19, of no fixed address, was sentenced on Tuesday, April 24, to 9½ to a total of 19 years in prison for the death of Ryan Myers, and for dealing heroin in a separate case.
Myers, 30, was found dead in his Church Road home of a heroin overdose last fall, according to township police.
Jurors on March 14 convicted Cruz-Cuebas of drug delivery resulting in death, heroin possession with intent to deliver, involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment for Myers' death, according to court records.
The jury also convicted Cruz-Cuebas of drug dealing, conspiracy to sell drugs and carrying a firearm without a license is a separate case.
The charge of drug delivery resulting in death, a first-degree felony, carries a maximum possible sentence of 20 to 40 years in prison.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.