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Posted on: July 31, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Lancaster Man Caught Dealing "RUSH HOUR' Heroin Jailed up to 15 Years


A Lancaster man will serve up to 15 years in prison for dealing heroin stamped with a “RUSH HOUR” brand.

Jeffrey Hernandez, 25, formerly of Zook Avenue, was charged in 2016 after searches uncovered over 300 bags of heroin.

Police in the area investigated multiple overdose incidents that involved suspected use of “RUSH HOUR” branded heroin.

Hernandez pleaded guilty in May to felony drug-dealing counts.

Lancaster County Judge David Ashworth recently sentenced Hernandez to 5¼ to 15 years in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Maria Cusick, lead prosecutor, asked the judge to order consecutive sentences on the two felony dockets, which the judge did.

Cusick noted that Hernandez was not an addict, but rather sold heroin out of greed. Also, Cusick said, Hernandez started dealing just months after he was paroled from a prison sentence for similar crimes.

Lancaster County Drug Task Force coordinated the arrest and searches with area police departments, including Lancaster city police. Hernandez was located July 8, 2016, on Church Street with a 20-bundle brick of heroin - about 266 bags - and an additional 92 loose baggies of heroin.

Lancaster County Drug Task Force file charges.

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