Lancaster Fentanyl dealer sentenced 7 to 15 years: “I lost everything I had, but nothing compared to losing a loved one.”

Lancaster Fentanyl dealer sentenced 7 to 15 years: “I lost everything I had, but nothing compared to losing a loved one.”

Lanacster, PA

A Lancaster man will serve up to 15 years in prison for providing a fentanyl-laced heroin batch that caused a Conestoga Township man’s death.

Jose O. Morillo, 30, pleaded guilty to felony counts of drug delivery resulting in death and criminal use of a cellphone following the March 9, 2017, incident at a Shady Lane home.

Lancaster County Judge Jeffery Wright said Morillo “was selling this poison for profit rather than to support a habit.” Judge Wright sentenced Morillo to 7 to 15 years in prison and ordered that he pay $13,216 restitution for the victim’s funeral costs.

Prior to being sentenced, Morillo said, “I lost everything I had, but nothing compared to losing a loved one.” He called the victim a “good person” with “a big heart.”

Assistant District Attorney Mark Fetterman described Morillo as a predatory dealer who profited from those suffering from addiction. “Mr. Morillo took advantage of that so he could make a buck,” Fetterman said. 

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