A repeat offender will serve 3-10 years in state prison for selling fentanyl-laced heroin from his parked Jaguar in Lancaster – as a surveillance camera recorded the transaction. Jose M. Valentin, 53, will serve 3 1/3 to 10 years in prison, as ordered this week by Lancaster County Judge Donald Totaro. Assistant District Attorney Christopher E. Miller said at sentencing that Valentin has not changed his behavior – despite numerous prior convictions, including drug-dealing offenses saying state prison is necessary to protect the community.
Lancaster city police’s Selective Enforcement Unit (SEU) was in the area for the surveillance detail. Officers stopped a man who purchased drugs from Valentin – the man had five baggies of heroin (which tested positive for heroin and fentanyl). Officers then conducted a search and found Valentin in possession of $395 cash and six bags of heroin that matched what the buyer purchased.
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