The supplier of a fentanyl batch that caused an Elizabethtown man’s death last year will serve five to 12 years in prison.
Ryan Andrew Wise, 24, of Columbia, recently pleaded guilty in Lancaster County Court to felony drug delivery resulting in death regarding a 22-year-old man who died Aug. 31, 2017, from consuming pure fentanyl that was sold as heroin. The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office announced the plea on Tuesday, Aug. 8.
County Judge Margaret Miller sentenced Wise to five to 12 years in prison, in accordance with an agreement arranged by Assistant District Attorney Barry Goldman.
Elizabethtown police determined Wise sold the fentanyl to Tyler Bobola, who then sold it to 22-year-old Damon McMullen, who overdosed in his home on North Cherry Alley between Summit and Oak streets in Elizabethtown.
Susquehanna Regional Police and Lancaster County Drug Task Force assisted in making the connection between Wise and Bobola. Elizabethtown police Detective Dustin Ryan filed the charge.
Text messages revealed Bobola, having alreadybought from Wise, requested more of the same heroin (fentanyl), texting it “was bang,” meaning it provided a potent high.
Bobola, also charged, was previously sentenced to 6 years and 8 months to 16 years in prison.