Crime

Morro Bay heroin dealer faces 10 years in jail

A convicted heroin dealer from Morro Bay faces a maximum of 10 years in San Luis Obispo County Jail after being found guilty for a third time of possession of drugs for sale.

Steven Joel York, 53, was convicted by a jury in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon of felony possession of heroin for sale and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

York faces up to four years in County Jail on the sales charge plus an additional six years for two prior convictions (three years for each).

The District Attorney’s Office said in a news release that he had prior convictions for possession of drugs for sale in 2007 and 2013.

According to Tribune archives, York was struck by a hit-and-run motorist while riding his motorcycle in San Luis Obispo in February 2012. Medical personnel reportedly found methamphetamine on York’s person while he was being treated for his injuries. He was later arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs with the intent to sell.

Following Tuesday’s verdict, District Attorney Dan Dow said in a news release that his office will vigorously prosecute anyone caught selling heroin in the county because the drug is “killing our youth.”

York is scheduled to be sentenced on May 25.

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