California deputy busted in York County drug ring

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YORK, Pa. - A California Sheriff's Deputy has found himself on the other side of the law after getting busted in a drug sting in York County.

Authorities say Christopher Heath is one of three men the York County Drug Task Force arrested last Tuesday morning. Officials say they were part of a cross-country drug ring-- delivering marijuana.

Piles of marijuana and cash filled several tables at the Penn Townshop municipal building Monday morning.

"I've been out here 28 years and this is the biggest I've seen in our area," said West Manheim Township Police Chief Tim Hippensteel.

Three men are facing delivery and other charges: Ryan Falsone, Tyler Long and Christopher Heath, a California Deputy.

"He was a police officer. He had his service weapon on him at the time of his arrest," said York County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Dave Sunday.

According to court documents, the men drove across the country in two pickup trucks to deliver the drugs to a home on the 100 block of Frogtown Road in West Manheim Township. That's when police busted the men, inside one of the pickup trucks. Investigators stopped short of saying they received a tip about the deal.

"This wasn't just random traffic stop. This was an ongoing investigation that was being conducted by the York County Drug Task Force and the Pennsylvania State Police," said Sunday.

Police seized 247 pounds of marijuana during the sting, with a street value of $2 million dollars. They also recovered $11,000 in cash, and heath's service weapon and badge.

According to charging documents Falsone and Heath admitted to driving the drugs from California to Pennsylvania.

"You're saddened, and disappointed,  and angry that one of our own decided to get into this endeavor and tarnish the badge, if you will," Said Hippensteel.

District Attorney Tom Kearney said the drugs will be destroyed after the case is finished. " As with all cases, we are going to burn it in the incinerator," he said.

The men are all charged with delivery of marijuana, criminal conspiracy to deliver marijuana and possession with intent to deliver marijuana.

All three posted $1 million dollars bail.