Man Sentenced to State Prison for Stolen Handgun and Cocaine Possession

Charlie Ortiz-Vasquez, 22,  was sentenced by Judge Scott Arthur Evans to serve seventy months to one hundred and forty months for possession with intent to deliver cocaine and possession of a stolen firearm.  On March 31, 2017, the Pennsylvania State Police executed a search warrant in the 3800 block of Crooked Hill Rd in Susquehanna Township.  At that location, they found numerous individuals, stolen guns and a substantial amount of cocaine. In Mr. Ortiz-Vasquez’s bedroom they located a stolen 9mm handgun and a kilogram of cocaine packaged for sale.  Mr. Ortiz-Vasquez did not have a prior criminal record.  The case was prosecuted by Senior Deputy District Attorney Stephen R. Zawisky.  Zawisky stated that the lengthy state sentence was appropriate despite the defendant’s lack of a criminal history.  “Despite his limited prior arrest record, Mr. Ortiz Vasquez certainly deserved a lengthy state sentence due to the large quantity of cocaine involved coupled with the fact he was also found with a stolen handgun.”   Zawisky also applauded the work of the Pennsylvania State Police in the case as it resulted in the seizure of numerous stolen weapons and a significant amount of cocaine.