Ex-deputy, ex-postal worker indicted in pot trafficking

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 25, 2016 3:38 AM

District Attorney Tom Kearney listens to a question posed by the media during the drug bust press conference on Jan. 4, 2016 in Penn Township. (Photo: Clare Becker, The Evening Sun)

(Harrisburg) -- A former deputy sheriff, former U.S. postal worker, and two others have been indicted in what federal prosecutors say was a $500,000 drug-trafficking operation that shipped about 200 pounds of marijuana through the mail between northern California and York County.

The indictment by the federal prosecutor in Harrisburg says the four residents of Oroville, California, conspired to make and distribute marijuana and to launder drug proceeds between September 2014 and Jan. 7 of this year. 

Indicted were 37-year-old Christopher Mark Heath, a former Yuba County, California, deputy sheriff; 56-year-old Ramona Marcel Long, Heath's mother-in-law who worked in the Oroville post office; her son, 32-year-old Tyler Neil Long; and 27-year-old Ryan Jay Falsone. 

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