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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

York Resident Sentenced For Heroin Trafficking

HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Andrew Gonzalez, age 30, York, Pennsylvania, was sentenced today to 15 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Yvette Kane for his role in a heroin trafficking scheme operated out of a York City home.  

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the charge arose from a search warrant executed in March 2013 by York City Police. During the search, police found 35 grams of crack cocaine, cocaine, and heroin.  The majority of the heroin – 900 bags – were found floating in a toilet.   

Andrew Gonzalez and co-defendant Veronica Rivera pled guilty to conspiracy to  distribute drugs.  A third defendant, Andrew Alexander, was convicted last month after a jury trial.  Ms. Rivera was sentenced to two years in prison on May 4, 2016.  Alexander is awaiting sentencing.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the York City Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Michael A. Consiglio and Scott Ford prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of a district wide initiative to combat the nationwide epidemic regarding the use and distribution of heroin.  Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the heroin initiative targets heroin traffickers operating in the Middle District of Pennsylvania and is part of a coordinated effort among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.


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Drug Trafficking
Updated May 11, 2016