On Wednesday, October 16, 2013 Pennsylvania State Police Troopers and York County Drug Task Force investigators culminated an eight month investigation which resulted in the arrest of three persons for heroin distribution and criminal conspiracy offenses. Quantities of heroin, with an estimated street value in excess of $1.3 million were seized.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between Pennsylvania State Police Troopers assigned to the Troop H Vice Unit and the York County Drug Task Force. Information developed through the Operation Sunrise investigation, which was an 18 month heroin distribution investigation conducted by the Pennsylvania State Police resulting in the arrest of over 100 persons for heroin distribution and concluded in February 2013, led to the current investigation being reported today.
Since February 2013, investigators have elicited information from arrested subjects and other sources, and conducted physical surveillance of select persons, residences and a local business. This investigative activity, coupled with heroin purchases made over the past eight months, led to three search warrants being executed during the evening hours of October 16, 2013. At that time, investigators simultaneously served warrants at a residence at 483 Salem Ave., York City and an automobile repair shop/used car dealership at 390 E. Chestnut St., York City (known as J&J Auto Detailing Shop). A third search warrant was served at a residence at 2708 Hunt Club Dr. in York Township.
Troopers charged Junior Gonzalez, aka “Omi”, age 36, 2708 Hunt Club Dr., York, PA with Delivery/Possession with the Intent to Deliver Heroin and Criminal Conspiracy; Angel Barbosa, aka “Kiko”, age 31, and Julie Gonzalez-Morales, age 32, both of 483 Salem Ave., York, with Possession with the Intent to Deliver Heroin and Criminal Conspiracy. Junior Gonzalez and Angel Barboza operate the business known as J&J Auto Detailing Shop.
Located at the residence at 483 Salem Ave., York City were quantities of unpackaged, bulk heroin, tens of thousands of bags used to package heroin; drug distribution related processing equipment such as screens, grinders and electronic scales and cash. Based upon the amount of heroin located and the manner in which it was being packaged and sold by those involved, investigators estimate the heroin’s street sales value to be in excess of $1.3 million. Also located was a quantity of marijuana with a street value in excess of $10,000.
At J&J Auto Detailing Shop investigators located cash and other records. Seized from that location were 13 vehicles associated with the business.
At Junior Gonzalez’s residence at 2708 Hunt Club Dr., York investigators located cash and other records.
Approximately $12,000 cash was seized as a result of the searches on October 16, 2013.
Two other persons, Jorge Gallardo, age 44, and Gerald Custodio, age 34, both of York, were located at J&J Auto Detailing and found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were charged accordingly.
David W. Sunday, who is the York County District Attorney’s Office Chief of Litigation, and oversees the York County Drug Task Force, credits the success of this investigation to the ongoing commitment of York County law enforcement, particularly investigators assigned to drug enforcement efforts. “Results such as this investigation, which is a continuation of Operation Sunrise, would not be possible without the continuing cooperation of law enforcement at all levels, federal, state, county and municipal. The citizens of York County are well served, on a daily basis, by these police officers who are committed to combating drug distribution, and the violence which is associated with that illicit activity,” Mr. Sunday commented.
After an ownership and financial investigation, the York County District Attorney’s Office will proceed with forfeiture proceedings against the cash and vehicles seized.
The FBI Capitol City Safe Streets Task Force assisted Pennsylvania State Police Troopers and the York County Drug Task Force during the course of this investigation.
(Source: York County District Attorney’s office)