A Lancaster man was recently convicted in county court of several charges regarding a heroin-dealing operation uncovered last year.
Lancaster County Judge Jeffery Wright convicted 42-year-old Jose “Coco” Gonzalez of having over 16 grams of heroin and a stolen handgun on July 14, 2016.
Gonzalez, of Howard Avenue, was convicted of three felonies and two misdemeanors, according to Assistant District Attorney Maria Cusick, who won the conviction.
Lancaster County Drug Task Force, assisted in the investigation by Lancaster city police Selective Enforcement Unit, filed charges.
Cusick called three detectives who testified about the investigation and what was recovered from a bag Gonzalez had while locking or unlocking a storage unit on Campbell Avenue.
Gonzalez had 16.68 grams of heroin – worth an estimated $5,500 if packaged for street sales – drug-packaging materials, and a 9mm pistol, reported stolen out of Lancaster city.
Judge Wright will order sentence after a background check is completed in a couple months.
In all, Gonzalez was convicted of felony drug-dealing, receiving stolen property, carrying a firearm without a license, drug paraphernalia, and providing false ID to police.
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