Man Sentenced to State Prison for Stolen Handgun and Cocaine Possession
August 11, 2017
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.