Lancaster heroin dealer out on bail faces new drug-related charges

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A Lancaster man facing drug and gun charges is back behind bars for the third time this year.

Jose E. Gonzalez, 45, was jailed last week after detectives said they found 283 bags of heroin and an AK-47 rifle with a prohibited sound suppressor during a traffic stop on South Plum Street.

Numerous magazines of ammunition, cash, and drug packaging supplies were also found.

“You look at the weapons involved in this case and of course, he is presumed innocent,” Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said. “[These are the] steps they are willing to take to protect their industry. It’s because there is so much money and so much profit in the heroin industry.”

gonzalezstashGonzalez was previously charged this year and then released on bail for two separate drug-dealing incidents.

One of the incidents took place in January. Detectives found 1,800 bags of heroin, 56 grams of marijuana, methamphetamine, along with $4,668 cash.

Gonzalez posted $200,000 and $40,000 bail on those cases and allegedly continued to sell heroin.

“I think we need to reevaluate the amount that we’re asking for, for bail,” Stedman told ABC 27 News. “I think a few years ago what we considered high bail really isn’t.”

On Thursday, Judge Bruce Roth set bail on the new charges at $5 million. When asked if he could post it, Gonzalez replied, “maybe.”

As of Wednesday afternoon, he had not posted bail.

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