California deputy among 3 arrested in $2M York County pot bust

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – A California sheriff’s deputy is one of three men who were arrested after authorities in York County said they made a major drug bust.

On Monday, county officials said they seized 247 pounds of marijuana, valued at around $2 million, along with $11,000 in cash during the arrest last week in West Manheim Township.

“I’ve been out here 28 years and this is the biggest I’ve seen in our area,” West Manhiem police Chief Tim Hippensteel said.

Police have charged Ryan Falsone, 27; Tyler Long, 31; and Christopher Heath, 37; all of California. Heath is a drug task force agent with the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department.

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“One has to be both saddened and angered when you hear of something like this,” York County District Attorney Tom Kearney said.

Kearney said Heath had his badge and his service weapon on him at the time of his arrest. He added the bust was part of an ongoing investigation based on tips into law enforcement.

“Suffice it to say that this was not a routine traffic stop,” he said. “We didn’t stop this person because they had a bad turn signal and found all this. This was part of a coordinated effort.”

Kearney said detectives weren’t aware Heath was an officer before making the arrest, which happened in the 100 block of Frogtown Road.

According to the Yuba County Sheriffs Department, Heath was on vacation at the time of his arrest.

No one could say what the trio was doing in Pennsylvania, or if the drugs were destined for the Midstate.

Kearney said it’s possible all three men could face additional charges since it’s believed they brought the drugs from California.

“This is obviously a big operation,” he said. “We will work closely with our partners in the federal government in addressing it.”

All three men were out on bail Monday.

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